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Sporting Goa and Dempo withdraw from upcoming I-League


The two Goan clubs have joined Salgaocar FC in pulling out of the top flight…

Sporting Clube de Goa and Dempo Sports Club today confirmed their withdrawal from the forthcoming season of the I-League.

A joint decision by Salagaocar FC, Dempo SC and SCG to withdraw from the league was issued on 24th of June 2016, as all three clubs were opposed to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) decision to restructure the domestic league pyramid. Khel Now understands that representatives from all three clubs re-affirmed their stance at a meeting held earlier today to review the situation ahead of the new campaign.

As per the new road map of Indian football, the Indian Super League will be the top tier with the I-League becoming the second tier. The top flight will not have relegation, while the second tier will not have promotion.

Salgaocar’s withdrawal from the country’s top league (presently I-League) was confirmed, but Sporting were still hoping for a change of heart on the part of the AIFF. They had attended the licensing workshop in Mumbai and were recently granted the “National License” by the Club Licensing Committee of the I-League. Dempo on the other hand had won promotion back to the top flight after winning the I-League Second Division earlier in the year, but have decided to forego the opportunity in solidarity with their regional rivals.

With all three teams pulling out the footballing hotbed of Goa is currently without a team in next season’s top flight, but that could change with FC Bardez in contention to be one of the new direct-entry corporate teams.

preview by Khel Now Correspondent Ravish Narvekar from Goa . A true Football enthusiast & a die hard Liverpool fan. Ravish also enjoys travelling & he's an avid foodie.

Published: Tue Nov 22, 2016 07:38 PM IST


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