Mohun Bagan declared as champions as remaining matches of I-League cancelled

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The remaining 28 matches of the I-League are cancelled and Mohun Bagan is officially declared the champions as it had already clinched the title with four rounds left in the competition. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) decided for no relegation into second division this time.

Mohun Bagan, was leading with 39 points 16 ahead of second-placed East Bengal. Then competition was stopped due to COVID-19 outbreak last month. The club will receive winner prize of Rs 1 crore.

“Mohun Bagan with 39 points from 16 matches enjoy a point difference which is insurmountable by any other team even if all other matches had been played and concluded as a normal course of action,” the I-League Committee said.

League committee led by senior vice-president of the AIFF, Subrata Dutta, decided that the remaining prize purse of Rs 1.25 will be equally distributed between 10 teams. Teams from 2nd position to 8th position were separated by only four points when league was stopped.

“With regards to the remaining clubs, and noting the concerns expressed by many of them in writing, the League Committee recommended the remaining prize money (apart from the champion’s prize money) be equally divided among the remaining 10 participating clubs.”

Apart from I league the committee also decided to cancel the 500 matches of various youth leagues.

“Hence, recommended to stand by the conclusion of all youth leagues in current season the Hero sub-junior League, the Hero Junior League, the Hero Elite League, and the U-17 Khelo India Girls League and start afresh from 2020-21 season,” the AIFF release said.

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