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I-League expansion team pulls plug on 2013-14 season

I-League expansion team pulls plug on 2013-14 season

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The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has been hit by the withdrawal of the Mumbai Tigers from the I-League, with the club having been pencilled in as one of two expansion franchises for the 2013-14 season.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has been hit by the withdrawal of the Mumbai Tigers from the I-League, with the club having been pencilled in as one of two expansion franchises for the 2013-14 season.

The withdrawal of the Tigers reduces the I-League, the top division of football in India, to 13 teams. The news comes with the 2013-14 season due to kick off later this month.

“Citing unavoidable circumstances, Mumbai Tigers have decided not to take part in the 2013-14 season of I-League, requesting further for their involvement in the 2nd Division League for this season,” the AIFF said in a statement. “The Mumbai-based club informed the AIFF that they are not ready at the moment to participate in the First Division and need more time to prepare for participation in the I-League.”

The Tigers, owned by Dubai-based Dodsal Group, was added to the I-League along with Bengaluru Football Club as the AIFF sought to attract corporate investment in the domestic game. Bengaluru is owned by Jindal Steel Works.