India’s new football league indefinitely postponed

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No danger of Robbie Fowler doing this in the new India league where the pitches have no grass and no lines
Looks like Fabio Cannavaro, Hernan Crespo, Robbie Fowler, and Roberto Pires will have to wait for another payday as the newly formed Premier Soccer League that was supposed to start on March 24th and go on till May 6th in the state of West Bengal has been indefinitely postponed. Originally, the tournament dates were Feb 25th to March 8th but the pitches were unsurprisingly not ready.
The league has run into a number of problems including the All India Football Federation, the apex body stating the 6 teams could not pick any Indian U21 player as this was essentially a state level tournament. The AIFF also temporarily declared the transfer of international players null and void under FIFA rules as the organizers, the Indian Football Association failed to affiliate their teams with the national body. And things came to a head when the state government failed to release the public grounds as they wanted more clarity from the organizers source of funding and their financial state.
These problems should never have arisen if the IFA and the Celebrity Management Group (CMG), the company conceptualizing the league had done their homework right. Strange given the IFA is the oldest association for that sport in the country and it could not even get their own state government to agree to release the grounds.
Robbie Fowler is not holding his breath and given the nature of the problems, this league appears to be a non-starter. Someone’s got major egg on their faces.

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