After getting barred from I League`s first division for failing AIFF`s licensing criteria, the footballing federation has made it a compulsion for the clubs to have licenses for the second division too.
All India Football Federation has articulated the exact definition of a marquee player, which as ratified by the AIFF executive committee is a must for each I-League club from the 2014/15 season onwards.
In a stunning development in Indian football, two-time champions Churchill Brothers were today thrown out of the I-League along with three other teams for failing to fulfil the AIFF`s club licensing criteria.
Having missed the crown narrowly, East Bengal will look to finish runners-up for a third time in four seasons when they conclude their I-League campaign against United SC at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Monday.
Having escaped relegation by showing indomitable spirit in times of financial crisis, United SC captain Deepak Mondal said the credit goes to the players and officials for being committed to the cause.
Following their win against Bengaluru FC last week, Rangdajied FC today produced another impressive performance and emerged out of relegation zone by thrashing United SC 4-0 in an I-League match at J N Stadium here.