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East Bengal officials put forward their proposals to FIFA and AFC delegates

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A group of FIFA and AFC officials are on a tour of India. The purpose of the trip is nothing else but providing a way out for executing the ‘One Nation One League’ format. India is currently one of the very few nations where two top flight leagues are running parallelly!

The Asian Football Confederation alongside FIFA had realised the compulsion of the current circumstance and have decided to intervene to provide a probable path of solution from the situation. The delegates already had a meeting with some I-League club officials few days ago at New Delhi at AIFF House. Churchill Alemao, the owner of Churchill Brothers even went on to term it as the best meeting he ever had on Indian football!

The FIFA and AFC entourage is currently in ‘The City of Joy’ and today they visited Kingfisher East Bengal FC and met with the officials. Besides exchange of cordiality, the main topic of this visit was to know the take of East Bengal club and its officials on this whole issue.

According to sources, the Red and Gold put forth the following ideas in front of the delegates regarding the one League format:

•Conducting one top level League of 7 months span with all 18 teams (10 ISL+8I-League) teams participating in home and away matches.

•The top League should have relegation-promotion system from next season.

•Matches should be played at best possible time slots suited to both players and spectators.

•The tournament should be widely publicised by all platforms of the media.

•Quality live telecast should be ensured of all the matches.

•The teams should get a share of the revenue generated from the TV and other marketing rights.

•Entry fee of a reasonable amount is accepted but not ‘Franchise Fee’.

The above idea/clauses were presented via a PowerPoint presentation to the delegates. The group of FIFA and AFC officials accompanied by I-League CEO Sunando Dhar listened to the opinions of the Red and Gold officials sincerely and have ensured that they would consider the proposals.

All the prominent East Bengal officials including Kalyan Majumdar, Debabrata Sarkar, Amit Sen, Arunava Bhattacharya were present in today’s meeting.