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The Indian FA keen to resolve the issue of club versus country that has come to stung them hard…

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) have called for an emergency committee meeting, which comprises of the Indian FA president, vice-presidents, general secretary and the treasurer, next Monday in order to come out with a decision on the ‘exposure’ tour to West Indies for which the I-League clubs aren’t ready to release their players.

Armando Colaco, the national coach and the coach cum secretary of Dempo SC, was in a for a surprise as the club owner decided follow in the footsteps of East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Pune FC and Salgaocar SC by recalling the nine players who were summoned to the national camp as it would affect their preparations for the Federation Cup and give their players enough time to recover from the niggling injuries they are carrying.

It is also learnt that Churchill Brothers SC are to decide the same given that most of the top clubs have refused to release their players be a part of an ‘exposure’ trip when India are not to face any important competition in the next few months.

According to those in the know, the Indian FA has signed an agreement to tour the West Indies for the matches and hence are concerned with the clubs refusing to give into their request/order.

The Constitution of AIFF under Member’s (state association) obligation states that,” To release their players as per the stipulations of the AIFF Regulations governing the Status, Registration and Transfer of players, whenever there are called for National Training camps and competitions for the National teams including the age group teams.”

However it further states that the members are to comply with the statutes of FIFA and AFC “wherever applicable.”

Meanwhile FIFA regulations clearly state: “It is not compulsory to release players for matches scheduled on dates not listed in the coordinated international match calendar.”

While the Indian FA are preparing to take strong action against the clubs, according to the rules, it’s the national association who shall face the music.

“Should an association repeatedly breach these provisions, the  FIFA Players’ Status Committee may impose appropriate sanctions,  including but not limited to:

a) fines;
b) a reduction of the period of release;
c) a ban on calling up a player(s) for subsequent match(es).”


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