AIFF allows I-League clubs to replace foreign playersSeptember 14th, 2008 - 5:24 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) Football clubs can now replace their foreign imports in the middle of the I-League only if the player gets injured, it was decided by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The AIFF took this decision after the clubs requested for the change in a meeting of the I-League last month.
The clubs in the past faced serious problems after their foreign players suffered injuries and had to spend the season on the bench.
AIFF felt that the new rule could be used by the clubs to get rid of non-performing foreigners. For that the AIFF ruled that the injured player will only be examined by a panel of doctors set-up by the federation before the clearance for replacement. But no player can be replaced after the 11th round.
To protect the player’s rights, the AIFF ruled that the club has to fulfil the contractual agreement with the injured footballer.
Meanwhile, AIFF also decided that this time it would reward the top four teams in the I-League instead of three. The winner will get Rs.5 million and the runners-up Rs.2.8 million. The team finishing third will get Rs.2 million while the fourth team will be richer by Rs.1 million.
The I-League starts Sep 26 and AIFF is expected to announce the draw of the tournament here Monday.