Asian Football Confederation (AFC) delegates not happy with club infrastructure

Kolkata,Oct 25, 2010 (CalcuttaTube/IBNS) The infrastructure and condition of fields of three I league playing clubs of Kolkata are not up to the mark and need improvement, a visiting delegation of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has said.

After inspecting the grounds of Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Chirag United, delegation spokesman Tkuaki Suzuki told reporters that though things improved than what it was few years ago, the condition of both playing fields and practice grounds of the three top Bengal teams still required ‘lot of improvement’.

The delegation, which also visited several stadiums, was of the view that the astro-turf at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan was not properly maintained.

The five-member AFC team concluded its two-day visit after inspecting the infrastructure facilities of the three top teams, playing in the country’s premiere football league.

Suzuki  said  the press box facilities in all these stadiums as well the media conference room also needed improvement.

Replying a question on the propriety of both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan having the same person as club Chairman, he said FIFA or AFC did not have any such provision.

However, AFC would discuss the issue with legal experts and convey its views at a meeting with the representatives of I league clubs in Delhi on November two, Suzuki said.

The delegation will visit  all other I league clubs and their infrastructure across the country.

It would announce the findings of its visit at  the November two meeting with club representatives.

If any team fails to fulfill any criterion of the AFC Club Licensing, it would be given two months time to make amends before December 31.

The Club Licensing criteria include stadium,media, game operations and ticketing systems, legal, finance, general administration,  merchandising, youth developments and academy, fan  developments and community developments.

The Club licensing criteria are is likely to come into force in the next I-league session and will not affect the 2010-11 I-league.

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