Mumbai Tigers have decided not to take part in the 2013-14 I-League second division season due to unavoidable circumstances.
The club communicated their decision to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday evening after a series of meetings held in Mumbai.
“Mumbai Tigers have sent an email to us informing that they wouldn’t take part in the second division and also the U-19 I-League,” informed Sunando Dhar, CEO of the I-League, to Goal.
It must be noted that Mumbai Tigers had earlier bid for an automatic spot into the I-League and had successfully grabbed it along with JSW. However following the announcement of the league fixtures, the club decided to pull out stating that they needed more time to prepare for the top division.
Thereafter the club sought permission from the AIFF to be granted a permission to play in the second division this term. The AIFF Executive Committee, in November last year, principally allowed them to play in the second division league provided they ensured that the players were being remunerated on time given that quite a few had complained stating that they hadn’t got their wages for three-to-four months.
I-League second division would now comprise of ten teams, namely Bhowanipore, Kalighat, Royal Wahingdoh, Green Valley, Eagles, Hindustan FC, MP United, Aizwal FC, Kenkre FC, PIFA Colaba., who will be joined by United Sikkim in the final round.
It is reliably learnt that the club would honour the contracts of the players until the end of the season and are open to them leaving in the January transfer window if they wish to. For now, the future of Mumbai Tigers remains up in the air and it would be interesting to see whether the AIFF penalizes the club for pulling out at the eleventh hour for the second time this term.
Mumbai Tigers remained incommunicado despite several attempts being made to reach them.
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