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AIFF behaving like silent killer: Ranjit Bajaj

By The Assam Tribune
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NEW DELHI, May 14: Minerva Punjab FC owner Ranjit Bajaj on Tuesday called the All India Football Federation (AIFF) a �silent killer� and said the sole purpose of the sporting body is to destroy the I-League and its participating clubs.

Known for criticising the parent body, which often lands him in trouble, Bajaj said: �The game plan is clear. The federation�s disciplinary committee is yet to announce its verdict on I-League clubs� non-participation in Super Cup (in April) even a fortnight after hearing out the clubs.

�AIFF President Praful Patel promised to meet the clubs. It never happened. The federation has not even found time to spell out the plans for the coming season � no one knows whether there will be one league or two leagues.

�There is no clarity on who will be the official broadcasters. All these things are being done with the sole purpose of making all stakeholders in the I-League, including club sponsors, nervous and vulnerable.�

The Minerva Punjab owner said that the AIFF�s plan is to finish off the I-League clubs. �I am sorry to say AIFF is behaving like a silent killer. Over the years, 24 clubs have closed down but no one bothered.

�This way many more clubs will follow the same route. The federation will run the show with eight or 10 outfits. To become a member of that exclusive club, you will be needed to pay hefty franchise fees,� Bajaj told IANS.

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AIFF behaving like silent killer: Ranjit Bajaj

NEW DELHI, May 14: Minerva Punjab FC owner Ranjit Bajaj on Tuesday called the All India Football Federation (AIFF) a �silent killer� and said the sole purpose of the sporting body is to destroy the I-League and its participating clubs.

Known for criticising the parent body, which often lands him in trouble, Bajaj said: �The game plan is clear. The federation�s disciplinary committee is yet to announce its verdict on I-League clubs� non-participation in Super Cup (in April) even a fortnight after hearing out the clubs.

�AIFF President Praful Patel promised to meet the clubs. It never happened. The federation has not even found time to spell out the plans for the coming season � no one knows whether there will be one league or two leagues.

�There is no clarity on who will be the official broadcasters. All these things are being done with the sole purpose of making all stakeholders in the I-League, including club sponsors, nervous and vulnerable.�

The Minerva Punjab owner said that the AIFF�s plan is to finish off the I-League clubs. �I am sorry to say AIFF is behaving like a silent killer. Over the years, 24 clubs have closed down but no one bothered.

�This way many more clubs will follow the same route. The federation will run the show with eight or 10 outfits. To become a member of that exclusive club, you will be needed to pay hefty franchise fees,� Bajaj told IANS.