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Life couldn’t get tougher for the clubs who were shown the door by the Indian FA for not fulfilling the set norms...

Mohammedan Sporting, Churchill Brothers, United Sports Club and Rangdajied United would have meet the licensing criterion set for the second division clubs in order to participate in I-League division two in the 2014-15 season.

Following their disgraceful expulsion from the I-League for not having fulfilled the club licensing norms despite being warned at the start of last season, the said clubs would be forced to get in line if they wish to ply their trade in the I-League second division.

“They will have to meet the criterion set for the second division clubs when the inspection for the same happens,” informed Sunando Dhar, CEO of the I-League.

The aforementioned clubs are expected to appeal with the Appeals Committee expected to meet in the first week of June. However since their one-time exemption was already used at the start of last season, it is unlikely that the AIFF would reverse their decision.

Interestingly should any of the four said clubs qualify from the second division into the I-League for 2015-16 season and still not fulfill the licensing criterion, they would once again be barred from participation which means that the one-time exemption rule would stay.

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