I-League clubs pledge not to loan or sign a player who is keen to feature in IMG-Reliance’s tournament

The clubs are in no mood to budge and have decided not to cooperate with the Indian FA’s commercial and marketing partners…

The I-League clubs have unanimously agreed that they shall not sign any player who wants to have a release clause in the contract in order to participate in the much anticipated IMG-Reliance’s, commercial and marketing partners of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) tournament, which is to be based along the lines of cricket’s Indian Premier League (IPL).

As revealed by Goal earlier, clubs under the banner of I-League Professional Football Clubs Association (IPFCA) had agreed not to release any player for the proposed tournament which kicks-off in January next year.

It was rumuored that clubs from Kolkata are likely to accept the offer to loan their players for the said competition due to the cash crunch they are facing. However the clubs were quick to state that there are in no mood to budge and give in to the demands of IMG-Reliance.

“We will not sign any player on a contract that has a release clause for the IMG-Reliance’s tournament. We will not release any of the players registered with us for the IMG-Reliance’s tournament. We will not loan out any player registered with us for the IMG-Reliance’s tournament,” the letter stated.

All the I-League clubs, except those relegated, Pailan Arrows and ONGC, have agreed on the above and the new franchisees, namely the Mumbai Tigers and JSW, have been intimated as well.

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