IMG-Reliance approaching clubs but no breakthrough so far

The Indian FA’s commercial and marketing partners couldn’t convince the two clubs they contacted to accept their proposal…

IMG-Reliance in their bid to secure players held talks with two clubs last week however neither of them agreed to release their players for the proposed IPL-style tournament.

While they had met the bosses at Pune FC before the I-League Professional Football Clubs Association (IPFCA) met in June, but the talks weren’t rewarding for the commercial partners of the All India Football Federation (AIFF). To add to it, the IPFCA members agreed to not deal with any player involved in the IMG-Reliance's initiative.

It is reliably learnt that they did have a meeting with I-League’s latest addition in Mumbai Tigers, who preferred to stick to the stand taken by the IPFCA and refused to budge on releasing players.

Prayag United, who are struggling to rope in a sponsor, were the other club approached but the Kolkata outfit didn’t agree to meet IMG-Reliance and asked for a joint meeting with IPFCA instead.

“They called me for a meeting. I said that a joint-meeting with IPFCA would be a better option," Siddhartha Bhattacharya, United SC official, told Goal.


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