The AIFF Club Licensing Committee has taken strong exception to Chennai City FC for failing to comply with most of the mandatory AIFF Club Licensing Regulations for the forthcoming I-League 2021-22 despite giving additional opportunity after assurances from the Club including a detailed conference call.
With the I-League scheduled to kick-off later this month, the Committee wasn’t in any position to give any more opportunities to the Club, and henceforth, has unanimously decided to not grant the Exemption sought by the Club, after having failed to receive the ICLS Premier 2 Licence of 2021-22 season. As a result of not receiving the Licence or the Exemption, the Club is thus barred from participating in the I-League 2021-22. The club is also serving a FIFA transfer ban which doesn’t allow them to sign players.
In accordance with the powers vested, the AIFF League Committee proposed the name of Kenkre FC as a replacement for Chennai City FC in the I-League 2021-22. This decision has been ratified by the AIFF Emergency Committee. Kenkre FC, who had finished second in the I-League Qualifiers (in October 2021 in Bengaluru), will be playing in the I-League 2021-22.
The I-League will kick-off as slated, in Kolkata from December 26, 2021, and the fixtures will be officially announced soon.