Indian football it seems is never short on content that is worthy enough to make the headlines. Just when the excitement was growing about greener pastures in the I-League and the announcement of the proposed IPL style league to be hosted by IMG-Reliance next year, the league’s big guns are up in arms stating categorically that they will not release their players for the 2014 tournament.
“We won’t release players for such tournaments. If any player associates himself with that competition, he won’t be considered part of our club. We’ll inform our decision to the All India Football Federation (AIFF),” East Bengal’s football secretary Santosh Bhattacharya, said to The Telegraph on Monday.
Churchill Alemao, chairman of the I-League champions Churchill Brothers is for not releasing players for the high-profile tournament.
“Our stance depends on the decision of other clubs. I was in Calcutta yesterday and had spoken to the officials of all the three clubs — East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting. None of them are in favour of releasing players,” Alemao said.
“Besides, our performance in the I-League will suffer if we let go of our players,” he went on to add.