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

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Friday, 05 September 2014 By Manali Kulkarni

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 fourth year JD Candidate at the University of Maine School of Law. She was 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). She is currently the legal extern for the Professional Collegiate League, and also serves as an intern for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. 

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