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IFA calls governing body meeting on PLS





KOLKATA: The IFA has called a governing body meeting on Monday to take stock of the Premier League Soccer (PLS), which has run into hurdles with the ‘battle’ between the game’s parent body and state unit intensifying. The proposed auction of Indian players, which was scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed.

The AIFF has thrown the league – being organised by the IFA with Celebrity Management Group as its commercial partner – into uncertainty by pointing out some technical loopholes.

The federation has even requested FIFA to suspend the passwords the clubs had acquired to enter the Transfer Matching System, a pre-requisite to register a professional foreign footballer.

The IFA had earlier planned to get the six franchises – which could not be registered with the IFA for the meet’s inaugural edition – attached with some already-existing affiliated lower division clubs to pave the way for their participation.

But the IFA constitution allows only the Premier Division clubs to recruit foreigners. To get the franchises associated with such clubs, the state unit needs to amend its constitution.

Although IFA secretary Utpal Ganguly is hopeful that things would be sorted out, a source close to the PLS said that no franchise is willing to take part in the auction till “the mess” gets cleared.

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