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Indian Football Exclusive: Praful Patel - No final decision about Mohun Bagan, East Bengal taken in AIFF meeting

Goal.com logo Goal.com 10-06-2017

The meeting between All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel and I-League clubs ended in a damp squib in New Delhi on Saturday.

Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan and East Bengal continue to be tied in a deadlock with the Indian FA regarding the course of the future of club football in India. "No final decisions have been taken today", Patel told Goal after coming out of the meeting.

The meeting was held in the national capital on the back of the 7th June Kuala Lumpur meeting with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Both parties (the AIFF and Kolkata clubs) refused to budge from their initial stance. The AIFF was adamant about holding both the I-League and the Indian Super League (ISL) simultaneously.

Whereas, the Kolkata clubs demanded that they awarded a spot in the ISL or maintain status quo with both leagues being held during different times periods in the season.

"A few new options have been discussed and we will talk about that," said Utpal Ganguli, Secretary of the West Bengal FA - Indian Football Associated (IFA) who has been negotiating with the AIFF on behalf of the clubs.

"The only consensus has been that we will not talk to the media," a senior official joked after the end of the meeting in a posh New Delhi hotel.

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Officials of both Mohun Bagan and East Bengal along with the IFA are due to meet on Monday after they return back to Kolkata.

The AIFF will be briefed about the Kolkata clubs' meeting on Tuesday and yet another meeting between both parties could be expected soon sometime next week.

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