Youth side to be disbanded over financial concerns
After much confusion, it has been announced that Pailan Arrows will no longer compete in the I-league.
The club like all the other I-League sides failed the National Licensing tests and was granted a one-year exemption by the AIFF.
The Arrows who were formed as a youth development side, with the aim of bringing through young Indian talent, have been disbanded by the AIFF.
Now with new guidelines in place, each club must start at a player who is under the age of 23, thus diminishing the importance of a development side.
The Underlying reason for the closure is the Pailan Group, who sponsored the Pailan Arrows, we’re unable to pay the AIFF money that they owed.
Speaking to Goal India Subhankar Mukherjee, Director of National Teams said: “It is confirmed. The reason is the sponsor is unable to continue with the team.
“His financial position has gone from bad to worse. Whatever commitments they had made, they couldn’t fulfill. Hence it was decided not to continue with the team.
Mukherjee added that as yet no decision on the the future of the players contracted by Pailan had been taken.
“There are some players who are still in demand with the clubs. What to do with the rest of the players, is what we will have to decide. How to loan or release to the other clubs has to be done. That is to be decided. We will seek legal advice.”