New Delhi: One of Indian football's oldest clubs Mohammedan Sporting has decided to shut down operations due to bankruptcy.
This decision was taken on Saturday by the management during a working committee meeting. The club, founded in 1891 has not been able to pay salaries to their players for the past three months.
The Kolkata-based club is famous for having a huge support base and is one of the most popular clubs in India.
Earlier this year, Mohammendan Sporting was axed from the I-League for failing to fulfill AIFF's club licensing criteria.
The club plays in the premier division of Calcutta Football League.
A worrying trend seems to be developing in Indian club football that has seen the likes of JCT and Mahindra United disband their teams.
With the advent of the Indian Super League, serious doubts have been raised whether the AIFF would be in favor of continuing with the I-Legaue in the long run.
However, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke reaffirmed the AIFF's commitment to India's premier domestic football competition.
With this latest jolt to club football in India, AIFF will once again have to reassure club owners and fans about the commercial viability of domestic football.