At least seven I-League clubs have sent a letter to the AIFF stating their intent to withdraw from the upcoming Hero Super Cup scheduled to start on the 15th of March.
The identical letters sent by the seven clubs were addressed to the general secretary of the All India Football Federation, Kushal Das and mention the ‘unfair treatment’ meted out to I-League teams.
It is worth mentioning that some of the I-League clubs had formed an dissociation in December 2018 with a list of demands – but the I-League (Private) Clubs Association did not receive a reply or an acknowledgment from the board which is one of the grievances the clubs have mentioned in their letters.
Besides that, the clubs have questioned the viability of participating in a knockout tournament considering no financial assistance has been provided in terms of subsidies for the participating I-League clubs. The lack of an an AFC competition slot for the winner of the tournament was another reason cited for withdrawal from the tournament.
The exact makeup of the seven/eight clubs who have sent a withdrawal letter is still shrouded in mystery with most of the clubs parting with little to no information on the issue.
The withdrawal letters from Mohun Bagan AC and Minerva Punjab FC: