Apurba Saha, chairman of the Pailan Group, met the All India Football Federation (AIFF) last weekend and suggested that they be allowed to continue in the I-League. With the club budgets taking a hit this summer, Pailan are keen to put together a low budget competetive team.
They went to on state that they need a year’s time to meet the club licensing criterion and be continued to be exempted from relegation.
According to sources close to Goal, the general secretary of the AIFF, Kushal Das stated that the matter will be pondered upon in the Executive Committee which is slated to be in the third week of this month.
It is learnt that should the consortium from Kerala’s bid to be a part of the I-League is accepted, the Indian FA would consider agreeing to Pailan’s request to make it a sixteen team roster.
Meanwhile the AIFF have unofficially given the Pailan Arrows players the green signal to negotiate their contracts with potential suitors.
In case, the AIFF Executive Committee decide not to accept the proposal floated by Pailan Group, they may use the latter’s decision to not pay the wages on time and interference into the technical matters as the two major line of reasoning in order to terminate the contract with the Kolkata-based group.