NEW DELHI: Pune-based DSK Shivajians FC could become the latest Indian football club to withdraw it’s senior team from the I-League, according to reports.
As per reports, the reason which propel the decision is financial crunch. DSK Shivajians, who joined I-League as a franchise team in 2015, has not been able to pay it’s staff, players and coaches for past couple of months.
However, sources within the club citing logistical issues, which will arise during the parallel leagues as FC Pune City also uses the Balewadi Stadium for hosting it’s home matches in ISL.
Meanwhile, a source close to the All India Football Federation denied any such development from the club.
DSK Shivajians was originally formed in 1987, under the name Shivajians Sports Club, and served as a platform for competition, entertainment and community engagement for locals from the Shivajinagar area in Pune. In 2013, DSK Group took full ownership of the organisation re-naming with the current name and turned it into a private entity.
AIFF invited DSK Shivajians to join the I-League in 2015/16 season and since then the club is a regular in India’s top domestic league at all age group levels.