Eight football clubs that play in the I-League (one of India’s two main football leagues) have announced that they will not be participating in the upcoming Indian Super Cup to be held later this month.
The Indian Super Cup is an annual club-knockout competition held by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), where I-League’s and the ISL’s finest sides compete against each other for the trophy.
The eight clubs who have decided to withdraw themselves from this year’s Super Cup are Mohun Bagan, Chennai City FC, East Bengal, Churchill Brothers, Aizawl FC, Gokulam Kerala, NEROCA and Minerva Punjab FC. While the first seven teams are yet to speak on the matter, it is being reported that Minerva Punjab cited “unfair treatment” by the AIFF on these I-League teams, as their reason to not participate in the competition.
ESPN reports that Kushal Das, the secretary of the AIFF confirmed that he received the withdrawal letters from the eight clubs. Mr. Das however, did not give any insight on the board’s impending course of action against the clubs.
Minerva Punjab reportedly accused the AIFF of “neglecting the I-League teams”, with the Super Cup also lacking any “incentive” to participate – there are neither any AFC tournament spots on offer for the winners, nor any financial assistance to the participating clubs.
The ongoing situation is reportedly a follow-up to another incident from last month, wherein eight I-League teams had written to the AIFF after there was an apparent decision to scrap the I-League, with the more popular Indian Super League (ISL) all set to be named as the top football league tournament in the country.