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End of the Red Lizards? Football fans react, but team tweets Parsi New Year wishes

A TUESDAY MORNING brought a bitter dose of news for Indian football fans, as word broke out that both the I-League clubs based in Pune, namely Pune FC and Bharat FC, were considering the closure of their first teams. As the news spread, football fans and people closely related to Indian football began to vent their anger and frustration online, many blaming the administration and the eskewed nature of the Indian football landscape, while others asking fans to take a look in the mirror:

Others, including the FIFA Regional Development Officer Dr Shaji Prabhakaran, expressed hope that the situation was not as bad as it was being made out to be:

Others, like this user, made an emotional appeal to Pune FC to change their mind about all this:

This user chose a creative path of venting his frustration, accusing AIFF and IMG-Reliance of slowly poisoning I-League and its clubs in this "poster" for the league:

There has been no word from the clubs' official sources till now, and the Pune FC official Twitter account remained silent throughout this turmoil. Their last tweet, published a few hours earlier, was the epitome of formal cheeriness:


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