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AIFF panel on I-League issue

New Delhi: The AIFF’s proposal to create an elite group of footballers, who will only play in the I-League and the Federation Cup, has been put on hold.

At the annual general meeting of the federation on Sunday, a core group has been formed under the chairmanship of AIFF president Priyaranjan Das Munshi to look into the matter and submit a report by January 31.

The core group, which will meet in Delhi on January 27, has a large group of members including vice presidents Subrata Dutta, C.R. Vishwanathan, secretaries of all the I-League hosting states and a few unnamed club representatives.

Das Munshi informed the meeting that he would meet the representatives of the two Calcutta clubs on this issue on Wednesday.

The federation has also decided to bring the curtain on the ongoing I-League by February 23. The last two rounds of the league, which were to be played in March, will now be played immediately after the 16th round without the 10-day break that was proposed earlier.

The change in the schedule would enable East Bengal and Dempo to concentrate on their AFC Cup matches beginning on March 11.

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