Earlier this week, the Football Players Association of India (FPAI) raised several concerns over the financial stability and employment concerns of the players should the Indian Super League (ISL) opt to conduct a draft as opposed to an open market, among other issues.
However, in response, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) reiterated their stand that they do not recognize the FPAI claiming that their structure isn't appropriate.
When asked for a comment, the General Manager of FPAI, Cyrus Confectioner, made their stance clear that the body, which functions as an organization of players to help them have their voice heard, are in no way accountable to the AIFF or the ISL.
The statement read:
1. We are a registered organisation under the World Body for Players FIFPro and are in no way accountable to AIFF or ISL or any organsation so we DO NOT want their recognition. We are recognised by the Players and by FIFPro and that is enough for us. We follow their instructions.
2. Our structure is not correct? In our 11th year they wake up to think our structure is not correct? Maybe they are questioning their own structure or echoing someone else. Today everyone knows who the AIFF is speaking on behalf of. We are fine, thank you.
3. In most DEVELOPED countries for Football, the FA and the Player Association have a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) and work together for the benefit of players. This includes the UK, Spain, USA, Italy, Australia, Japan and many others. Most clubs are also very happy with the way we are helping players in India. If the FA or the League does not want to recognise something it's their choice. We are still friends and happy to operate independently. The choice is theirs. The media needs to understand that we are not a State FA or a subsidiary of AIFF/ISL/AFC or FIFA. And neither are we looking for recognition from them.
Cyrus also serves as a member of the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee of FIFPro World.