Current I-League champions Aizawl FC have appealed to All India Football Federation (AIFF) to be included in the proposed top football league of India.
It seems that the fairytale has come to an end a lot sooner than expected for Aizawl FC, as the Mizo side have threatened to resort to ‘world-wide protests’ or ‘fast unto death’ upon learning that the AIFF could relegate the club to the second division, as is being speculated.
The club has made a formal application to the AIFF on Tuesday to continue being a part of the top division after it emerged that they would not be featuring in the restructured domestic tournament that AIFF and its commercial partners IMG-Reliance are planning to launch in November later this year.
In the proposed new top division league in India, the current eight Indian Super League clubs will be joined by at least three I-League clubs – Bengaluru FC, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.
Aizawl FC has submitted its formal claim to AIFF to continue in the top league… pic.twitter.com/Z43cHEV0OA
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Aizawl’s owner Robert Royte had said on Monday that he expected the AIFF to include them in the ISL. “How can the reigning champions be relegated to second division? We will not accept it, no chance,’ Royte was quoted in Indian Express. “We will be playing in the Asian competitions. How silly will it be if the India’s champions are playing in Asia but back home, they are not allowed to play in the main league?”
A senior AIFF official is quoted in Indian Express admitting there is a plenty to be discussed regarding the club and their unexpected victory. “Aizawl’s win has put the federation in a tight spot. Things should be clearer after Saturday’s meeting. Till then, it’s tough to speculate what will happen,” the official said.