Mumbai Tigers and JSW were provisionally given the green light to enter the fray in the 2013-14 season of the I-League, in a decision taken by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Emergency meeting, chaired by its President Praful Patel, at Udyog Bhawan in the Capital on May 27 (Monday).
Besides, AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das and Senior Vice-President Mr. Subrata Dutta, Vice-Presidents Mr. Shrinivas Dempo, Mr. Larsing Sawyan, AIFF Treasurer Mr. Hardev Jadeja and I-League Chairman AR Khaleel also attended the meeting.
While provisional clearance was given to the Mumbai Tigers, who will be based out of Mumbai and JSW, who shall host their games in Bangalore, the bid from Kerala has not yet been cleared, as certain clarifications have been sought, post which a decision would be taken.
Meanwhile Queen Park Rangers, whose owner is Air Asia’s Tony Fernandes, have given a tentative proposal to participate in the I-League from 2014-15 onwards after fulfilling all the criteria and Standards as required.
JSW and Mumbai Tigers, as expected, will not be relegated, regardless of their position in the league table. Infact next season shall see only one team being relegated, which shall be replaced by a side from promoted from the second division.
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