Manipur State League to be abandoned

The All Manipur Football Association will abandon the 12th Manipur State League 2017-18 as no concrete solution could be thrashed out about the vexed dispute between the participant teams and the AMFA.

By Robert Sapam in Imphal
  • Published 5.04.18
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Imphal: The All Manipur Football Association will abandon the 12th Manipur State League 2017-18 as no concrete solution could be thrashed out about the vexed dispute between the participant teams and the AMFA.

This was divulged by AMFA secretary in-charge L. Jyotirmoy Roy here on Wednesday evening.

He said the decision was taken during an executive council meeting of the association on April 2.

Jyotirmoy said it was not the association who was responsible for halting the proceedings of the 12th MSL as one may have thought due to various allegations hurled against it.

Instead, it was some of the teams that have approached the court over the issue which stalled the resumption of the league.

"We are following the rules and guidelines laid down by the AIFF, taking precautions, as we would like to bring forth an amicable solution to the matter. We wanted to complete the matches of the 12th Manipur State League 2017-18 and have been appealing to the teams, but to no avail," he said.

The association's president, S. Sanatomba Singh, said the 12th MSL started on September 6 and was carrying on well. However, an incident involving assault on the referees by supporters and officials of Sagolband United happened in the 47th match against Neroca FC on October 10.

He added that there was no protest from Sagolband United during the match but as the match wound up and the referees were coming to the changing room, they were assaulted by officials and supporters of Sagolband United. After the referees' and other relevant reports were studied, Sagolband United was fined but not removed from the league.

However, the other teams formed the Manipur State League Participating Team Forum and challenged the association's move and put a forward a charter of demands for the latter to consider for resumption of the league.

As the association and the forum failed to reach an understanding, further course of action led to the scratching off of Sagolband United and eight more teams later on December 30.