IMG-Reliance request Karnataka FA to register ‘Bangalore United’

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IMG-Reliance have approached the Karnataka State Football Association (KSFA) to help their register one of the teams under the banner of ‘Bangalore United’.

A.R.Khaleel, the president of KSFA, informed Goal that the state football association would take a decision on the same in their Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) scheduled for July 7.

“They have given the name 'Bangalore United' but that will be decided by the AGM on July 7. I also spoke to JSW to check whether they need the name of ‘Bangalore United'. We had already received the letter on the tournament earlier. If the project is for the good for football, we can approve it,” he said.

However with the I-League clubs refusing to budge to IMG-Reliance’s request to release players for their league, things do look murky given that the players who have signed for them are having second thoughts and preferring the national league instead.

Khaleel, who is also the vice-president of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), mentioned of having told IMG-Reliance to sort out the differences with the clubs as soon as possible for the smooth functioning of their project.

“I spoke to IMG people and said that there were some concerns of the I-League clubs. You have to get in touch with the clubs who have got some reservations. These doubts must be cleared. They were very positive and assured that they shall interact with the clubs and their grievances shall be addressed. Clubs are the pillars of the I-League and they have to be taken care of, which is my personal opinion. Everyone must have a good relationship,” he stated.

IMG-Reliance are to have a meeting with Department of Youth Services and Sports (DYSS) to hire the Kanteerava Stadium on Wednesday and do plan to upgrade it.

“They had to opt for the Kanteerava Stadium because we cannot give ours (Bangalore football stadium) as our leagues are on."