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Bone age tests of junior players set to dominate AIFF's League Committee meeting

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Concerned at the number of junior players failing the bone age determination test recently, the All India Federation is open to exploring new ways to the vexed issue.

A large of junior players from all the northeast clubs, including former champions Aizawl FC, Shillong Lajong and Neroca FC, failed the TW3 (Tanner-Whitehouse3) bone age determination test recently, prompting the AIFF to bar them from participating in the with immediate effect.

Also, most of the players from former winners FC's U-13 team also failed the test.

The federation's will deliberate on the issue when it meets in Bhabaneswar on Saturday.

"The issue of bone age test will be discussed in the meeting, they could look at various ways so that situations surrounding this can be prevented in the future. Also, the clubs will be notified about the same so that they take the issue very seriously," a well-placed AIFF source told

To be held on the sidelines of the Super Cup, the meeting will also discuss the fate of all the aggrieved aggrieved clubs who had skipped their matches in the tournament, played between the top teams from I-League and

Speculations were rife that the apex body, miffed at their sudden withdrawal, could impose sanctions on the dissenting clubs.

A "strong case is being built up" against the seven clubs -- Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Churchill Brothers, Aizawl FC, Minerva FC, Gokulam FC and Neroca FC -- for withdrawing from the season-ending domestic tournament.

The AIFF has incurred financial losses due to the pullouts of the clubs, who had cited unfair treatment by the federation and a lack of a clarity on its future roadmap as reasons for their action, which felt was "taken in haste".

As per rule 10.4 of the Super Cup regulations, the clubs could be facing heavy penalty.

The report on match-fixing allegations against FC will also be placed before the committee.

The AIFF had launched an inquiry into the final-day I-League championship decider between FC and FC, swinging into action after an expression of suspicion by the

In a note, had raised doubts about the game being "not played in true spirit".

The committee will also have a discussion on the I-League game between Minerva Punjab and Real Kashmir FC, which did not take place after the former refused to travel to citing security reasons in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 19:25 IST