Remaining I-League games to be called off

Mohun Bagan's Joseba Beitia (R) celebrates after scoring against East Bengal in January. AIFF Media

NEW DELHI -- The remaining 28 matches of the I-League will be cancelled due to the coronavirus-forced lockdown and Mohun Bagan will be officially declared the champions, the committee running the league decided on Saturday.

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The I-League panel, which met via a video conference, made the recommendation not to resume the league -- in view of the nationwide lockdown, which will remain in force until May 3 -- to the All India Football Federation's executive committee.

It will now just be a formality for the AIFF committee to endorse the recommendation.

In a statement, the AIFF said that the I-League panel recommended that the 2019-20 season be deemed to be concluded and Mohun Bagan -- who led the table until the point of suspension on March 14 -- be declared the champions.

The committee also recommended that there be no relegation from the I-League 2019-20 season, in a huge relief for the likes of Aizawl FC and Neroca FC.

At the time of suspension of the league, Indian Arrows were at the bottom of the 11-team heap, while Neroca and Aizawl were at ninth and 10th, respectively. Indian Arrows, the developmental side of the AIFF, will not be relegated in any case.