New Delhi: The controversial proposal of the All India Football Federation to ban foreign players from some tournaments has not materialized. Giving into pressure from leading clubs in the country, the AIFF instead has maintained status quo with a few minor fine print details. Clubs in the second division of the National Football League will now be allowed to have foreigners as well. But they can have two foreigners play for them instead of three like the first division of the NFL. The AIFF had contemplated a ban on foreign players because they wanted to promote Indian footballers. But the Indian Football Association and Goa Football Association had already decided that they would have defied the ban if it had been passed. AIFF President Priya Ranjan Dasmusi said that state leagues are free to ban foreigners if they so desire.
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