International football friendlies in India NOT anymore
It has been reliably learnt that the AIFF is going to pass a resolution which will make sure that no private organization or event management group can organize international football friendlies involving foreign teams, like the recently concluded Messi match, in India. Previously, Peerless had organized Bayern Munich vs Mohun Bagan match and CMG organized Argentina vs Venezuela match in the country.
Both the matches were finalized by the companies without taking prior approval of the AIFF and approval was sought only at the last moment when AIFF had to agree considering the national pride at stake. Moreover, AIFF also did not charge them the levy fee.
Mr. Prafull Patel, who was present during the Messi match had observed that there were huge lapses in the organization of the match including security of the players. Also, the power shut-down fiasco in the post match conference did not go down well with him. But sources say there were additional factors to it. In spite of waiving off the levy from the CMG, the AIFF personnel were not treated well. They were not invited on stage for prize distribution as well. This has irked the few members.
In a meeting to be held before the start of the Federation Cup, the AIFF will pass a resolution so that only AIFF can organize this sort of matches in the country