In a meeting that took place on 5th June in Mumbai, the The Indian Professional Football Clubs Association (IPFCA) members have decided to not sign any players from the IMG-Reliance roster, while mulling over a new tournament in that time-frame.
The meeting was chaired by IPFCA President Mr. R.A.J. Gomes. The members welcomed the newly promoted clubs Rangdajed United and Mohammedan Sporting along with the new franchisees JSW and Mumbai Tigers.
The clubs, all of whom sent a representative for the event, barring Sporting Clube de Goa, who expressed their support for all the decisions taken in the meeting, and Pailan Arrows.
Several key decisions were taken in the meeting, with the members stating that they would like to continue with the current home-away I-League format and Federation Cup. The clubs would like to meet the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and understand how the changes in formats would assist in the development of Indian football. It was also decided that clubs should be taken into confidence before any changes are made in the rules and regulations of the I-League/ Federation Cup.
They also demanded that the rise in participation fee should be matched by an increase in the prize money for the tournament.
The main bone of contention was the soon to be launched IMG-Reliance league, with the clubs deciding unanimously that no club will release on loan or otherwise any players for the IMG-Reliance tournament and will also not take any IMG-Reliance contracted players on loan or otherwise.
They also proposed to organise a tournament during the three month break during which IMG-Reliance will conduct their tournament.
It was also revealed that the clubs have not been intimated by the AIFF officially of the decisions taken at the Executive Committee meeting and have also not received a final calendar for the 2013-14 season.
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