Churchill Brothers takes AIFF to Delhi’s High Court over I-League licensing dispute

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Published: Friday, 05 September 2014. Written by Manali Kulkarni No Comments

In May 2014, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) refused to grant four football teams, including Churchill Brothers, a new I-League License permitting them to play in the top-flight league for the forthcoming season (now due to commence in January 2015), as the teams failed to meet the necessary I-League criteria.  The four teams were all relegated to the the second division.1

On June 3, the teams unsuccessfully appealed the initial decision to the Club Licensing Appeals Body2 under Section 19d of Article 5.3 in the AIFF Indian Club Licensing Regulations (the “Licensing Regulations”).3, 4 The ‘Core Process’ chart in the “Compliance” section of the Licensing Regulations states that the teams have no further rights of appeal.5

On August 29, Churchill Brothers filed a writ petition against the AIFF to the Delhi High Court.6 Additional support for their case was provided by the Goa Football Association (GFA).7

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Manali Kulkarni

Manali Kulkarni

Manali is currently a second year (2L) JD Candidate at the University of Maine School of Law. She was previously the COO at LawInSport and continues to be an executive contributor of the editorial board for LawInSport. She holds an LLM in Sports Law from Nottingham Law School (Nottingham Trent University). During the fall of her second year in Portland, Maine, Manali also had the opportunity to be the legal intern at Global Sports Advocates.

Manali previously researched on sports and society in India, specifically focusing on the influence of sport on the gender divide in India. She joined LawInSport in September 2013 as a research assistant providing updates on Indian sports law. She is currently back in her hometown, Memphis, Tennessee, for a visiting semester at the University of Memphis School of Law.

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