Eight I-League clubs have taken the decision in unison to not take part in the Super Cup 2019 when the qualifying rounds start from March 15 in Bhubaneswar.
The I-League clubs were prompted to take such a harsh decision after they alleged that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) had treated them unfairly.
In all probability, Minerva Punjab, who are supposed to play their qualifying match on Friday against FC Pune City, will not turn up for the game. However, the withdrawing clubs will not face any disciplinary action because they have not signed a participation agreement for the Super Cup, the likes of which the clubs sign for the I-League and ISL.
So here is what happens if the I-League clubs boycott the tournament and do not turn up for their matches according to Article 10.1 and 10.2 of Super Cup rules and regulations:
Clubs shall play in all competition matches once entered.
Clubs that withdraw prior to the start of the competition may be replaced by another team as decided by the AIFF.
Article 10.3 and 10.4 suggests that if any team pulls out after the competition has started, then the Indian FA can take serious steps and hand them a hefty fine. But as the eight clubs had clarified their stance of not taking part in the Super Cup way before the kick-off of the competition, the AIFF cannot take disciplinary action or fine them.
This is what the Article 10.3 and 10.4 read:
The Participating Club that withdraws from the Competition after its commencement shall:
10.3 - If a club withdraws from the Competition after it has commenced; or does not report for any of its matches, refuses to continue any of its matches at any stage or leaves the stadium prior to the completion of any of its match/es, it shall be considered to have withdrawn from the competition.
10.4 - Have all its matches cancelled and considered null and void. All points and goals in those matches shall not be taken into consideration and shall be expunged from official records.
The opponent team shall be declared winners with a three - zero (3-0) margin
Be required to pay compensation for any and all damages or losses suffered by, where applicable, the other Participating Club/s, the AIFF, the AIFF commercial right partners, licensees, broadcasters and the concerned Member Association.
Be disqualified from taking part in next edition of the Competition from which it withdrew. The AIFF Executive Committee may extend the suspension depending on the gravity of the situation and/or impose further damages as deemed appropriate by it.
Be referred to the AIFF Disciplinary Committee for determination of the compensation amount and additional sanctions. Depending upon the gravity of the offence, the case may be referred to the AIFF Executive Committee for final decision.
The above sanctions are not applicable in cases of Force Majeure recognised by the AIFF in consultation with the concerned Match Officials. The AIFF shall take whatever action it deems necessary in cases of Force Majeure.
In addition to this, If a team does not turn up for a match they will have to pay a fine of Rs. 10,00,000 according to Article 220.127.116.11 of Super Cup rules and regulations.