THE GOAN CLUBS have refused to accept AIFF's proposals and refused to change their decision to withdraw from the I-League.
In a meeting with the AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das, representatives of Salgaocar FC and Sporting Clube de Goa made it clear that since they belong to the top division league of the country (I-League) they will not accept a forced relegation to the new second tier league (League One). They demanded a place in the ISL from next season onwards, without having to pay any franchise fee.
Kushal Das iterated that he will be going to refer their demands to the federation higher ups and call meeting of all I-League club, the clubs said they would uphold their decision to withdraw from I-League as a protest for this "merger" of leagues where clubs like theirs were priced out of the top division.
There's a good chance Dempo SC may pull out their team as well, meaning the 2016-17 I-League season may become the first time in the history of top division football in India where Goa would have no representation.