I-League 2018-19 champions Chennai City have requested a 'special invitation' to the All India Football Federation (AIFF)'s Executive Committee meeting in New Delhi on 3 July 2019.
In a letter addressed to AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das, the Coimbatore-based club raised concerns about reports of the Indian Super League (ISL) being announced as the top-tier football league of India.
It stated there was no communication from the apex body about such a move and the silence of the Indian FA has been 'apalling'. It was revealed that the winners of the I-League are yet to recieve the prize money for the past season.
Official letter from CCFC to @IndianFootball regarding Special Invitation to the Executive Commitee meeting on July 3rd 2019 - handed over today at their Head Office in New Delhi. #PlayAndLetPlay #AaduAadaVidu #CCFC #NammaThamizhagam 🧡 pic.twitter.com/pNdhk2TlxT— Chennai City FC🏆 (@ChennaiCityFC) June 25, 2019
& The letter also cites the Master Rights Agreement (MRA) between the AIFF and its commerical partners Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) which calls for the ISL to be made the top league in the country.
Chennai City have made their intent for open discussion known to both the AIFF and the FSDL regarding the future of Indian football. As a result, they have requested to be a part of the Executive Committee meeting next week, either alone as the I-League champions or even along with the concerned I-League clubs.
On Monday, seven I-League clubs (East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Churchill Brothers, Minerva Punjab, Aizawl FC, NEROCA and Gokulam Kerala) decided to drag the AIFF to court if the ISL was to be announced as the top tier of the Indian domestic club football system.
Later, the AIFF issued a statement lambasting the 'premature' bheaviour by the clubs before any decree was passed.