Mr. Subrata Dutta, Senior Vice President, All India Football Federation’s chaired AIFF League Committee Meeting at Football House on Monday (February 25, 2019).
All other members except Mr. BK Roka, Mr. Lalnghinglova Hmar, and Mr. Rochak Langer, attended the meeting. AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das, and I-League CEO Mr. Sunando Dhar were also present as ex-officio members.
The Committee gave a hearing to representatives from both Real Kashmir FC, and Minerva Punjab FC over MPFC not turning up in Srinagar on February 18, 2019, for their Hero I-League match against RKFC.
After due deliberation, the Committee keeping in view the Hero I-League regulations decided to refer the matter to the AIFF Executive Committee for a decision.
Meanwhile, RKFC informed in writing that in view of the current uncertainty prevailing in Kashmir due to Article 35A, they want to play their forthcoming Hero I-League match against Quess East Bengal on February 28, 2019, in a neutral venue like New Delhi. Accordingly, the Committee decided to shift the match to Delhi.
RKFC in their letter also reiterated that this uncertainty was not prevalent in Srinagar for the period from February 16-19, 2019.
Meanwhile, the Hero Second Division League match (Lonestar Kashmir vs JSW Bengaluru FC Reserves) scheduled at Srinagar on 27th February is postponed as well.
Furthermore, the qualifiers for the Hero Super Cup will be played in Bhubaneswar from March 15-16, 2019, while the final round of the tournament will be played from March 29 to April 13, 2019. The exact dates of the matches for the final round of the tournament will be announced once the schedule of the AFC Cup is finalized.
The final round of the Hero Indian Women’s League will be held in May 2019