Salgaocar FC, Sporting Clube withdraw from I-League

New Delhi: Two of Indian football’s traditional outfits, Salgaocar FC and Sporting Clube de Goa, on Thursday decided to ‘withdraw’ from the forthcoming season of I-League over the AIFF’s decision to restructure the domestic league system.

The decision was made public in a joint statement issued by the two Goa-based clubs.

The AIFF, which on May 17 met various stakeholders, including its marketing partners IMG-Reliance, virtually recognised ISL as the country’s premier league as per its draft plan, while deciding to form a three-tier football system in India from 2017-18.

“It is clear that the proposal is highly discriminatory, goes against sporting merit, is unworkable for I-League clubs and hampers Goa, which is the best represented state in the I-League, the most,” the two clubs said in a statement.

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