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AIFF Ponders Super Cup Even As Mohun Bagan Asks for Dues to be Cleared

One of India’s oldest football institutions Mohun Bagan have demanded that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) clear their dues from previous seasons, release the pending subsidy for hosting the ongoing I-League's home matches and share details about the expected roadmap and their future plans at the earliest.

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Updated:February 18, 2018, 7:28 PM IST
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AIFF Ponders Super Cup Even As Mohun Bagan Asks for Dues to be Cleared
One of India’s oldest football institutions Mohun Bagan have demanded that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) clear their dues from previous seasons, release the pending subsidy for hosting the ongoing I-League's home matches and share details about the expected roadmap and their future plans at the earliest.
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New Delhi: One of India’s oldest football institutions Mohun Bagan have demanded that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) clear their dues from previous seasons, release the pending subsidy for hosting the ongoing I-League's home matches and share details about the expected roadmap and their future plans at the earliest.

This has come in the form of a letter written by the club’s director Debashis Dutta to the I-League CEO Sunando Dhar, barely days after the club had urged the AIFF to look into the much spoken about matter of "sub-standard" refereeing in the league, a point it has reiterated keeping the Super Cup in mind.

"We wish to state that we are yet to receive financial subsidy of home match organisation and cost of floodlight for ongoing I-league. We have played all our home matches and are unable to clear off our vendors' dues due to non-release of payment from your end," club director Debashis Dutta wrote.

In his letter, Dutta also wrote that, "The individual prize money to players from 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons respectively is still pending."

AIFF has called a meeting of the League Committee on Monday to decide the format of Super Cup 2018.

The club also asked the AIFF to share with it the blueprint for the 2018-19 season so as to help Mohun Bagan plan their "course of action" in earnest.

"As per the (stakeholders) meeting of May 6, 2017 we were informed that the blueprint for the 2018-19 season will be finalised by November, 2017, but unfortunately we are yet to receive any report from FIFA, AFC and AIFF in this regard.

The club touched upon the contentious subject of having a one league in the future.

Mohun Bagan once again placed the issue of refereeing under the spotlight.

"You would acknowledge that good quality refereeing is the most important part of a football game. We all take so much of burden to put together a tournament but if the standard is compromised in any department, then the tournament loses its charm and it will be termed as failure."

Mohun Bagan had alleged they were not given a penalty in their game against Gokulam Kerala FC, which they lost 1-2 last Monday.

"We request you to kindly improve the quality of refereeing in Super Cup."

The club reminded the AIFF about consensus to organise the Super Cup in Kolkata and also asked that financial terms and conditions of the tournament be equal for all teams.

"We hope that before concluding the rules and regulations of Super Cup 2018, you will consider our proposition as stated above and will share the draft of the regulation and also the minutes of meeting of League Committee to be held on February 19, 2018 for final confirmation from all clubs."

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| Edited by: Abhimanyu Sen
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