Dempo FC pull out of I-League

Updated: Dec 08, 2016, 10:09 IST | PTI

Dempo FC yesterday pulled out from the I-League for the upcoming season in protest against All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) proposed roadmap to restructure domestic football, dealing another body blow to the sport in India

Panaji: Dempo FC yesterday pulled out from the I-League for the upcoming season in protest against All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) proposed roadmap to restructure domestic football, dealing another body blow to the sport in India.

Earlier, Salgaocar FC and Sporting Dempo FC pulled out from the league. All the three Goan club owners — Shivanand Salgaocar, Shrinivas Dempo and Peter Vaz, had taken a united stand on June 23, 2016 to oppose the restructuring that makes Indian Super League (ISL) a top-tier league and relegates I-League to the second division.

With the deadline for submitting the participation agreement ending yesterday, Dempo wrote to the AIFF that they have pulled out from the I-League.

The five-time champions, Dempo’s pull out leaves the AIFF with a major headache as the I-League now has only seven clubs.

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