New Delhi, Dec 4: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has barred Chennai City FC from participating in the I-League 2021-22 for failing to comply with the AIFF Club Licensing Regulations, the AIFF Club Licensing Committee said on Saturday.Also Read - Former FIFA Referee Madhav G Suvarna is Dead

The governing body of football in India has already given former I-League champions, Chennai City additional chance to gather around and fix the mandatory licensing regulations and now the body will not grant the exemption sought by the South Indian club. Also Read - I-League Postponed for Six Weeks Due to Rising COVID-19 Calls

“The AIFF Club Licensing Committee has taken strong exception to Chennai City FC (the “Club”) for failing to comply with most of the mandatory AIFF Club Licensing Regulations for the forthcoming Hero I-League 2021-22 despite giving additional opportunity after assurances from the Club including a detailed conference call,” the AIFF said in a statement. Also Read - Year Ender 2021: The Year Gone By Leaves A Void in Indian Football As Many Prominent Footballers Passed Away

“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 Hero I-League 2021-22,” it added.

The AIFF mentioned that the club is also serving a FIFA transfer ban which doesn’t allow them to sign players.

Kenkre FC, which finished second in the I-League qualifiers, will now replace Chennai City FC in the I-League 2021-22.

“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 Hero I-League 2021-22. This decision has been ratified by the AIFF Emergency Committee,” the AIFF further said.

The I-League will kick-off in Kolkata from December 26 and the fixtures will be announced soon.

(With Inputs From IANS)