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The Indian FA are considering to alter the rules for registration of players in the country’s top division after eight rounds of matches

Mohammedan Sporting have requested for the number of players registered for the I-League 2013-14 season to be extended and the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Emergency Committee are pondering over the same.

“A Club can register no less than twenty (20) players and no more than thirty (30) players for the Competition with sequential shirt numbers from 1 to 50 while the shirt number one (1) shall be reserved for Goalkeeper. Each participating Club may register a maximum of twenty five players for participation in the I-League 2013-14. A club may register five more players provided they are born on or after the 1st of January, 1991,” the I-League regulation stipulates.  

The Kolkata outfit had registered 23 players with only Collin Abranches and Imran Khan qualifying as the two under-23 players. Of the remaining seven slots, Mohammedan had to register a minimum of three under-23 players.

The Black and Whites roped in five players, namely Manish Maithani, Luis Barretto, Syed Nabi, Ishfaq Ahmed and Mehrajuddin Wadoo, from IMG-Reliance’s bandwagon. However none of them were born on or after January 1st, 1991 and hence only four of the five could make the cut.

In their defence, Mohammedan Sporting claimed that they had listed Penn Orji (born on 4th April, 1991) as one of their under-23 players, while being ignorant of the fact that the rule of registering under-23 players was applicable only for Indians.

“We have requested the AIFF to relax the quota for us. Let's see what happens,” Mohammedan Sporting president Sultan Ahmed told Goal last week.

It is reliably learnt that the AIFF general secretary sent out a circular to members of its Emergency Committee, which comprises of the vice-presidents, treasurer and the president, to vote as to whether the number of players to be registered for the I-League must be increased.

“The Emergency Committee shall be appointed by the I-League Committee in consultation with the AIFF. The Emergency Committee shall decide on all urgent matters regarding the I-League. Very urgent decisions may be taken by circulation,”as stated in the league’s statute.

A decision on the above mentioned issue is expected to be out by the end of this week.


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