Aizawl FC wrote one of the most incredible footballing stories in recent times when they won the I-league title. Having been relegated the year before, few were expecting Aizawl to finish even in the top half of the table. But Aizawl managed to defy all expectations and went to win the coveted trophy as the little state in the North East celebrated like never before. But their fairy tale may have taken a turn. So much so that Aizawl FC threaten worldwide protests if their demands are not met !
While it sounds incredible that the defending champions may not be able to defend their crown, the decision makers in football may decide otherwise. The issue is that the AIFF and IMG-Realiance want to merge the ISL and the I-League to have one single entity.
Due to this merger, the ISL wishes to have only three I-League clubs with the most exciting ones being Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Bengaluru FC. These clubs already have an established name in the country and have an existing fan base.
This will lead to an unprecedented scene in which the champions will be representing India in the AFC Champions League, but will not be be defend their domestic crown.
The statement released by the Mizoram outfit’s official Twitter handle read: “Aizawl FC has submitted its formal claim to continue in the top league even after proposed merger of the existing top league with ISL.”
Aizawl FC has submitted its formal claim to AIFF to continue in the top league… pic.twitter.com/Z43cHEV0OA
— Aizawl Football Club (@AizawlFC) May 2, 2017
“If no positive response is received from AIFF, the club will approach central sports minister, prime minister of India and also the president of AFC. If all these steps are failed, the club will have no other choice but to resort to worldwide protests, sitting demonstration near AFC/FIFA offices, picketing of AIFF office, mass hunger strike/fast unto death protest,” the statement read.
Let us hope things do not reach such a stage as it will be huge embarrassment for Indian football as whole.