Minerva 5 other ILeague clubs write to FIFA on Indian football

first_imgNew Delhi: Top I-League clubs such as Minerva Punjab, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have written to FIFA president Gianni Infantino, asking for his help in their fight for survival in Indian football. Churchill Brothers, Aizawl FC and Gokulam Kerala FC are among the six clubs to have written to the sport’s global body, with Minerva Punjab owner Ranjit Bajaj signing the letter. The clubs’ biggest bone of contention is the top tier status accorded to Indian Super League by the All India Football Federation as per the Master Right Agreement (MRA) signed between the AIFF and IMG-Reliance in 2010. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Recent media reports and press statements from the AIFF itself have indicated that the AIFF is seeking to make the ISL, which came into existence in 2013, the senior most league in the country, whereas I-League, that dates back to 2007 when it was launched as India’s first-ever professional football league is sought to be made into a second tier and inferior league,” the clubs wrote in the letter. This comes days after the aggrieved clubs wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, briefing him about the crisis facing Indian football. The clubs also requested Infantino to set up an enquiry to probe the manner in which the AIFF is functioning. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”There is a sharp decline in the standard of Indian football. Football is one of the most popular sports in the world, including India, but this popularity has not been matched by necessary and good administration as far as the national body is concerned,” the letter further read. Earlier this month, AIFF president Praful Patel assured the I-League clubs that their future is secure and said he would approach the AFC to ensure that I-League continues to co-exist with the ISL for another 2-3 years. Regarding the franchise-based league, the clubs said in the letter, “The ISL is a purely commercial venture played by franchise-based clubs owned by the clubs. It has no relevance. More importantly, players invariably are in the 35-plus age bracket. Players who have no takers abroad are roped in, leading to a decline in the standard of Indian football. “ISL is just like the IPL of football and so the question that arises is how can a purely commercial league be made into the senior-most league of the country which has no international recognition or standing.”last_img read more

Fashion brand Esprit set to reenter Canada next spring after exiting in

MONTREAL — Esprit is set to return to the Canadian retail market.The international fashion brand is teaming up with Montreal-based distributor Freemark Apparel Brands (FAB Inc.) to open stand-alone stores in Canada next spring.The exact locations have yet to be announced.Laura’s Shoppe Inc to focus on store renovations, e-commerce after deal with creditorsDollarama Inc expects bumpy road ahead after rising above currency woes this yearIn September 2011, Esprit announced that it planned a major overhaul, including exiting its money-losing U.S. and Canadian operations in favour of concentrating on its business in Asia and Europe.The company was founded in San Francisco in 1968 by Douglas Tompkins — who died Tuesday in a kayaking accident in Chile — and his wife Susie, who sold their first line of clothes out of the back of a station wagon.Its range of women’s and teen clothes gained popularity in the 1980s. The casual fashion label also makes clothes for babies, children and men.Headquartered in Germany and Hong Kong, Esprit is carried in more than 40 countries with 900 retail stores and 7,500 wholesale points of sales including franchise stores and sales spaces in department stores.The company markets its products under the Esprit and edc brands.“With the North American continent being the birthplace of our brand, we are convinced that we can revive the Canadian consumer’s strong relationship with Esprit as it has been missed in the market place for several years,” Dieter Messner, Esprit’s general manager for Europe, Americas & Middle East, said in a statement.“We are convinced that with our exclusive distribution partner FAB Inc. we have found the perfect way to enhance the Esprit brand experience in the most promising way throughout Canada.”The Canadian Press read more