The First Instance Body will meet on Friday 2nd August 2013, to either award or reject the National Club License to the I-League clubs for season 2013-14.
The panel comprises of Dr.Shaji Prabhakaran, FIFA Development Officer for South and Central Asia, Sunando Dhar, the CEO of the I-League, Dr.Ushanath Bannerjee, Dr. GS Mungali and Pankaj Jain (auditor).
As per the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) norms, every domestic association shall grant the license to the clubs plying trade in their domestic league which shall ease the workload for AFC of having to check whether the teams participating in continental competitions fulfill the norms or not.
A club has the right to appeal, should they get rejected for the license. The Appeals Body will meet at the end of August. However, as mentioned by Praful Patel earlier, those clubs who do not meet the criterion will not be given a chance to play in the I-League from 2014-15 season.
“The First Instance Body’s role would be to whether ‘X’ club has passed or failed. Once who fail will appeal to the Appeals Committee. If the Appeals Committee gives an exemption only then can they play in the I-League. If the club doesn’t get the exemption then they don’t play in the I-League.
“Each club can get one exemption when they play the I-League. To simplify, one yellow card can be given but the second will be red. That yellow card would be on the prerogative of the Appeals Committee,” explained Dhar.
The Indian Club Licensing has been divided into three categories – Grade A (mandatory), Grade B (essential but only a fine levied if not fulfilled) and Grade C (the best practices to follow).
It is reliably learnt by Goal that Pune FC are the only club who have made the cut and will be awarded the license for the 2013-14 season.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) have already ousted ONGC from the top division for failing to register themselves as a separate legal entity at the end of last season. Pailan Arrows is another club which doesn’t come close to fulfilling the norms.
“I have been given to understand that Pailan’s representation in the league is only for one year. Any way Pailan is a different case as they will never be in second division ever. Either they are in the I-League or they are not. The case of Pailan, we have already spoken to AFC and we had a scope for three years and this is the third year of it,” said Dhar.
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