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No ranking system in I-League club licensing test – AIFF

Shankar Das
2.66K   //    22 May 2014, 19:44 IST

The AIFF have denied the report that East Bengal finished first in the I-League club licensing test. The Times of India reported that East Bengal were the best performer but following an enquiry from Mohun Bagan the Indian federation have made it clear that there were no rankings in the test.

Mohun Bagan director Debashis Dutta had wrote an email to the AIFF on Thursday afternoon asking about the validity of the news report claiming East Bengal were number one.

“It has been reported by the Print and the Electronic Media that a particular club has gained first rank in the club Licensing criteria during the meeting of CLC-FIB held yesterday at Football House, New Delhi. Please let us know what our rank is in the Club Licensing and oblige,” Dutta wrote.

In response, AIFF general secretary Kushal Das stated, “I want to categorically state that there is no. ranking system followed by AIFF in granting either the national license or the AFC license. So there is no rank given to your club or another club who have successfully got the license for 2014-15 season.”

Earlier on Thursday, the East Bengal media department sent a press release talking about the club’s achievement in the licensing test.

“Kingfisher East Bengal Club, AFC Cup semifinalist-2013, pipped all other I League clubs to emerge as the best Indian club with maximum points by the above Committee for 2014-15 season. This was decided by the First Instance Body which met at AIFF Headquarters on 21st May,2014.”

AIFF’s official response now confirms that there were no such standings to determine the best performer in the I-League club licensing test.

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