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.