Churchill Brothers to lose out on AFC Cup berth to Pune FC

The Red Lizards could benefit from the Red Machines’ failing to send their club licensing documents on time…

Churchill Brothers SC have won the I-League title, but could miss out on the AFC Cup next season as they missed the deadline of sending the club licensing documents to the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

The Indian FA had set two dates, March 20 and April 20, before which the I-League clubs had to submit the required documents based on which the inspection was to be conducted. However Churchill Brothers didn’t send the essentials and thus flouted the first deadline. It is also learnt that United Sikkim, Pailan Arrows and Prayag United haven’t submitted any documents with regards to club licensing norms and hence no inspection will be conducted at the said clubs. Meanwhile Shillong Lajong too were late in submitting the papers as part of the licensing criteria.

“The clubs were supposed to send two sets of papers and, the deadline is gone and the inspection is based on the papers sent. The ones who haven’t set the papers, those parts of the inspection aren’t happening and hence part of Churchill’s inspection didn’t happen. Prayag didn’t send any papers and hence no inspection of Prayag will happen,” informed a source close to Goal.

The only ray of light for Churchill Brothers is to hope that the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) gives them an exemption and otherwise they shall surely miss out on the continental competition. As things stand, Pune FC who finished second in the I-League look set to play in the AFC Cup.

The inspection reports will be placed in front of the first instance body of the AIFF and should any club not get the license, they will then have to plead to the appeals body who shall then take a call. Thereafter the final report will be sent to the AFC.


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