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I League clubs fail AFC criteria

I-League heavyweights Dempo,Churchill Brothers and JCT,among others,have fulfilled Asian Football Confederation's.

I-League heavyweights Dempo,Churchill Brothers and JCT,among others,have fulfilled Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Club Licensing criteria for next season’s I-League,but Kolkata giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan failed to qualify in that bracket.

Mumbai F C,Pune F C and Chirag United too made the grade. But PSUs like Air India,HAL and ONGC failed to satisy the AFC delegation as they are yet to become a seperate entity.

“Becoming a seperate entity is mandatory according to AFC’s criteria,” I-League CEO Sunando Dhar said after the AFC team submitted its inspection reports of all the I-League clubs to the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

The clubs have informed about their shortcomings which they will have to rectify before December 31,failing which they will not be eligible to take part in I-League’s 2011-12 season.

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To monitor the I-League clubs,the AFC has sent a six-member delegation including Tokuaki Suzuki (Director of competitions),Maksat Glychmamedov (Development manager for professional football),Steve Kim (Communications manager),Bryan Kuan Weehooang (Director of internal auditing department),Khan Hung Meng (Development officer of coach education department) and Mahajan Vasudevan (Sports lawyer of legal department).

Salgaocar and Viva Kerala too failed to fulfil the criteria as they have not submitted their audited profit and loss statements. “The reason behind East Bengal and Mohun Bagan’s failure to qualify is that Vijay Mallya’s UB group has got major stakes in both the clubs,” said Dhar.

The Club Licensing criteria says that a club should have a licensed coach,an owned ground or at least on lease,it has to be a corporate entity and should have a youth development programme. Besides,it also include media,game operations and ticketing systems,legal,finance,general administration,merchandising,fan developments and community developments. The AFC will have a second round of inspection in January 2011.

First published on: 03-11-2010 at 01:48 IST
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