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I-League Fake Documents: Kashmir football club likely to face AIFF ban

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Srinagar, September 26: The Kashmir based football club is likely to face ban from All India Football Federation (AIFF) for submitting forged documents for Second Division I-League licensing.

Two clubs from Kashmir who had qualified the nomination during JKFA professional league had submitted its documents for Second Division I-League licensing. Out of two clubs , AIFF approved one club from J&K for the Second Division I League , also known as I-League qualifiers .

As the announcement was made , there started rumours and allegations that approved club has submitted forged documents for the licensing . The major forged or fake document that was submitted was Bank guarantee of Rupees 25 lakhs from J&K Bank.

As the allegations started to grow stronger, National and International Footballers Forum (NIFF) raised the issue. The other involved club also came out and approached J&K Football Association and AIFF to come out clear.
Later JKFA also approached AIFF asking the football governing body of India to come out clear on the matter .

However , till date there has been no official clarification or communication to all parties in this matter from AIFF .

Sources have told KSW that AIFF have approached J&K Bank concerned branch to check validity of the most important document. The concerned branch as per sources has replied to the query making it clear that the said club has not raised any authentic bank guarantee from the branch.

Meanwhile in the major development on Sunday, the said club was scheduled to leave for participation in League to enter the bio secure bubble before start of the league.

However , club has not left its base in Kashmir and there are murmurs that AIFF has asked club to put everything on hold.

“Club was scheduled to leave today but didn’t and held its training session instead. They have not given any clarification to anyone and have just informed players to remain on standbye ,” said a source inside team.

“There is lot of tension owing to this whole issue and there is a chance that club may not be allowed to participate in the league at all. Everything may get clear on Monday as team cant join bubble late owing to COVID situation ,” source added.

Meanwhile there is more trouble in store for club as its ‘former’ owner has raised objection over its authenticity .

“The club owner has approached JKFA, AIFF and Sports Council claiming that he is not know how of the happenings in the club. He has also raised objection over the change in name and style of the club. He is claiming thay club officials have forged lot of documents and have gone on to deceive one and all. He has also tweeted in this matter ,” said a person close to developments.

Meanwhile one more trouble for the club is its officials and players approaching JKFA about non payment of salaries.

“There are couple of officials, players who have approached and written to JKFA about non payment of thier previous dues by the club,” said a person close to JKFA.

As per sources inside AIFF, the I-League organisers are likely to go with nine teams for the league.

“As matter has taken serious turn, AIFF is likely to remove club from the tournament. It is going to investigate and the club is likely to face ban. However , AIFF owing to COVID situation is likely to go with only nine teams for the tournament instead of added one more team,” said a source in AIFF.

In all this episode , questions are being raised about unprofessionalism shown by AIFF. It has come to fore that AIFF have never bothered to verify the documents submitted and there is chance that some more clubs may have submitted fake bank guarantees .

“Matter was in public from long and AIFF didn’t act on it. When it got worse they started to act but still at snails pace. Even at this moment they have not come clear on it and there are questions raised about its approach. If they go with nine clubs owing to shortage of time then its whole blame lies with AIFF and they have clearly done injustice with another club,” said a well known footballer of valley.

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