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Internet Desk | 29/06/2017

Owners of I-League Champions as well as Chennai based club have made their intentions clear that they are not in favour of increasing the number of foreign players in playing XI.

In an interview with Times of India, Mr. Robert Royte, Owner of Aizawl FC, said, "That's illogical. We should pro mote Indian football. What's the point of taking more foreigners? Playing two leagues simultaneously will also generate more employment for players as clubs will have to develop or scout players on their own. They just can't take players from the ISL sides after the ISL season is over. It will also give more Indian players the chance to play at the top level."

Officials of Chennai City FC have also come against the proposal stating that, "We ventured into I-League last year because we wanted to promote football at grassroots level. Eventually, our endeavours would have helped in developing Indian football. So if AIFF increases the number of foreigners, then what's the point in promoting local talent?"

The proposal for increasing the number of foreigners came from Kolkata Clubs, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, who want to maintain quality in the team with more foreigners as the top players will opt for ISL in case both the Leagues run parallely.

The final decision will be taken in the meeting between I-League Club owners and AIFF Officials to be held today at Football House, New Delhi.

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