AIFF confirms relegation of NEROCA, TRAU from I-League

New Delhi, Jul 2
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Tuesday confirmed the relegation of NEROCA FC and TRAU FC from the I-League after the two Manipur clubs finished at the bottom of the 2023-24 season.
The AIFF took the decision despite Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh's earlier request to exempt the two Imphal-based clubs from relegation, citing ethnic conflict in the state that began on May 3, 2023.
"The All India Football Federation has decided to impose relegation in the I-League 2023-24 as per the rules and regulations," the AIFF said in a release.
"In the 13-team competition, NEROCA FC with 14 points and TRAU FC with 13 points finished as the two bottom teams and have been relegated. Mohammedan Sporting Club with 52 points emerged champions."
In May, the I-League Committee had recommended the relegation of NEROCA FC and TRAU FC from the I-League as per their results.
The two clubs had requested to shift their respective away matches against Aizawl FC to a neutral venue. Later, they refused to travel to Aizawl to play their away matches in April, leading to the AIFF cancelling the two games.