Fernandes considers Kochi for I-League franchise

QPR owner Tony Fernandes could be set to open an I-League franchise in Kochi after a favourable tour of the city's facilities

Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes is strongly considering the city of Kochi as a base to purchase and operate an I-League franchise.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) had informed Goal that Fernandes is keen on buying into the I-League ahead of the 2013/14 season.

Fernandes was believed to be assessing Chennai as a potential base, but may have switched the focus of his attentions to Kochi after a favourable inspection of the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium on Sunday.

"At first Kochi was not in our plans but after arriving here and seeing the facilities and enthusiasm of the fans, we have started considering Kochi seriously," Fernandes was quoted saying in The Times of India.

Fernandes said a final decision on any franchise purchase and its location would be taken after discussion with his consultants.

As well as QPR, relegated from the English Premier League to the Championship last season, the Malaysian entrepreneur also owns the Caterham F1 motorsport team.

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