Twelve I-League clubs told the marketing partners of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) here on Tuesday that they were unhappy with how the sport in general and the competition in particular was being run.
This is the first time the clubs (all except Pailan Arrows and HAL attended) united in making their displeasure clear to IMG-Reliance since they came on board with a 15-year R 700 crore deal in December 2010. IMG-Reliance accepted they should have met the clubs earlier, according to an official who attended the meeting. They will tell AIFF on Monday when the next meeting will take place.
With AIFF general secretary Kushal Das and I-League CEO Sunando Dhar attending, the clubs asked for the I-League to be made into a separate legal entity where they would become majority stakeholders.
Till that happens, the group of 12 said it would not conform to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) guidelines ahead of the 2012-13 season. Among other things, the guidelines are mandatory for Indian clubs' to be allowed to play the Asian Champions League.