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The AIFF supremo remained in peace with the news of JCT deciding to disband themselves…

While several football fanatics and fellow I-League clubs have been voicing their concern after JCT decided to shut down on Monday, All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel remained defiant that the future of the country’s top division is safe.

"It's a decision taken by the JCT management. They must have been facing financial difficulty that led to them in disbanding the team. I don't think it's an alarming sign.

"JCT may have disbanded their team but we have many big corporate houses who have expressed keen interest in running football clubs. In fact, the Jindals are interested in starting a new club," Patel was quoted saying.

Samir Thapar, the managing director of JCT, had earlier told Goal.com of the ineffective running of the I-League and the lack of eyeballs being a cause of concern for his company given that they have to justify their investments.

"You need passion and professionalism to run a football club. Then only will you succeed,” Patel responded to Thapar’s argument.

"Why should I speak to him? It's his decision. But definitely on AIFF's part we would have a dialogue with them,” he added.

"I have said earlier that last year was a transition phase and things will be sorted out this year,” concluded Patel.

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