AIFF may allow four foreigners

Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi: Contrary to All India Football Federation's (AIFF) earlier stand to reduce the number of foreign participants in domestic soccer, the I-League clubs may soon be allowed to use four foreign players in one match.

According to sources, the core committee of the I-League, which met in the capital on Tuesday, has decided to refer the matter to the executive committee of the AIFF after a few clubs demanded the reversal of the current restriction that only three foreigners could be registered in a particular match.

"The executive committee had taken the decision to restrict foreigners after considering recommendations of several national coaches, including Bob Houghton," said an official.

"The clubs, however, want to field all four recruits. So, we have referred it back to the committee," he said.

The clubs were also able to extract a few decisions in their favour including the withdrawal of restriction on replacing a footballer during the league.

Under the new arrangement, the clubs would be at liberty to replace a player, including foreigners at any stage of the league.