Valanka Alemao slams the AIFF Over Poor Treatment of I-League Clubs

Churchill Brothers CEO speaks out

Valanka Alemao,CEO of Champion I-League club Churchill Brothers, has criticised the AIFF over the way they have handled the new IMG- R Tournament.

Teams were told that a meeting between August 4th-10th to explain the benefits of the new league, as yet the meeting has not come to fruition.

According to Goal India, she told the Herald : “Maybe he ( AIFF Presdident Praful Patel) has some good reasons, valid reason or reasons, but what is important is to keep up the word or if there is a change, courtesy demands that one should be informed.”

She also spoke about how the less than transparent way IMG-R have released details of the new tournament, is not good for Indian football and raised questions about the lack of public information.

It’s is very sad that the IMG-R tournament plan is not coming out into the open.

“One is told that in its presentation, IMG-Reliance shared its new tournaments objectives, structures and implementation. The details of the franchise auction including guidelines, obligations and building process were also shared with the committee.

“IMG-Reliance, one understands, also gave an update on the players signed, venue bookings for the tournament and also their plans on stadium refurbishment.

“Why are all these not shared with the public, the football fans and the clubs at large? What’s the big secrecy. Is it incorrect or illegal or irrelevant to seek relevant and pertinent answers.”

Almost certainly, you can’t run a football tournament shrouded in secrecy, IMG-R may find that out the hard way sooner rather than later.

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