It seems the Goa Football Association (GFA) have taken the ‘There are no free lunches in life’ saying seriously. According to a report in The Navhind Times, they are thinking to not hand out any complimentary passes to the clubs by initialling coming up with a cap on the number of it for the I-League matches.
As of last season, each club was entitled for at least 200-odd passes for distribution amongst their fans.
In a meeting of the I-League Organising Committee, comprising of representatives of the clubs from Goa and the GFA, it was decided that the ticket will be priced at 50 INR for the I-League matches. Also if the tickets are being bought in bulk, the GFA would be ready to give a 50% discount while a maximum of 25 complimentary passes will be made available for the clubs which needs to have the photograph of the person it is being handed out to along with the signatures of the club and GFA representatives.
A budget of around 65000 INR was assigned for the organisation of the game while the GFA demanded that an amount of 2000 INR be paid to them for the first five home matches of each of the four clubs, namely Churchill Brothers, Dempo SC, Salgaocar FC and Sporting Clube de Goa. The clubs were of the opinion instead that 30% of the gate collection be shared with the GFA.
Meanwhile with talks of the Lusofonia Games being postponed going around, GFA’s Schubert Furtado assured the I-League clubs that the Nehru Stadium and Tilak Maidan would be made available for the matches irrespective of whether the aforementioned games’ scheduling.
Also each of the four clubs will appoint a common local manager who shall liaise with the visiting I-League teams and oversee their stay in the state.
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