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ISL and I-League merger shelved; I-League to remain India's top-flight competition

Goal.com logo Goal.com 06-05-2017

The much-anticipated merger between I-League and the IMG-Reliance owned Indian Super League (ISL) has been put on hold after a consensus could not be reached by the various parties concerned.

The decision was made on Saturday following a meeting between the All India Football Federation (AIFF) officials and representatives of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal at AIFF President Praful Patel's residence in Mumbai.

As of now, there will be a status quo between ISL and I-League. The Kolkata clubs had apparently made clear their displeasure over the efforts to make a unified league.

Moreover, there is also a proposal to have I-League and ISL running parallel to each other over a seven month period, with the games in both tournaments being played over the weekends.

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Praful Patel is expected to take up the demands of both the clubs and IMG-Reliance and discuss it with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) at the upcoming FIFA World Congress on May 11th at Manama, Bahrain.

Debabrata Sarkar, a top East Bengal official, told Goal, "I am very unhappy with what was being proposed. We don't have anything more to say. Let Praful Patel come back from the FIFA World Congress and then we'll see what he has to say."

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