FPAI issues official statement on today’s meeting at Malaysia
After today’s all party meeting at Kuala Lumpur, Football Players’ Association of India issued an official statemenr on the social media. The statement read:
“President Renedy Singh and former President Bhaichung Bhutia were present at a meeting with the AFC , FIFA , AIFF along with all the other Indian football stake holders in Kulala Lumpur.
Both Bhaichung and Renedy were of the opinion that one single league with more teams is required for the long term growth of Indian football and they would always push for the same. For the short term road map, the stake holders will meet again within a period of 7-10 days.
Bhaichung , Renedy also pointed out that with the current format of the leagues being played for three months (ISL and I-league being played for 3 months each) many players are remaining unemployed while some get only 3 months of football and this at the present moment is the biggest problem for Indian football. The stake holders also agreed with Renedy and Bhaichung on these points and pledged their support for the cause of Indian football as a whole.
The duo also pointed out that players should have long term contracts with the clubs which makes the player more committed. The clubs also gain on their player transfer when a player who is on a long term contract has a good season and is in demand.
The Indian football stake holders were also presented with the player’s surveys conducted by the FPAI over the past couple of months to give them an idea about the players needs and wishes.
Over all the FPAI represented by Renedy and Bhaichung were able to convince the stake holders that footballers are the most important entity in the game and Indian football can only grow if and when players are happy and satisfied.”
The statement clearly displays that FPAI is trying hard to convince the associations to keep the players’ rights intact.