AIFF looking into Minerva FC's accusation against East Bengal's improper approach


Second-placed Neroca FC can lift the trophy on its debut season in case it manages to earn a win and pray that Minerva does not pick up full points.

Here's how the table looks like ahead of Thursday's fixtures involving the four teams still with a shot. "We have received a letter from Minerva Punjab Football Club highlighting approach to their players and officials from other participating teams in the Hero I-League". However, the Panchkula-based club has shown that it can hold its own against the big boys of Indian football and goes into the last round of matches on Thursday as favourites to win its first league title. The final games will decide who emerges victorious, in what has been a highly entertaining season in the premier division of Indian football.

These allegations come at a time after All India Football Federation's (AIFF) Integrity Officer Javed Siraj, in January this year, stressed on its zero tolerance policy towards any match fixing allegations or any corruption related to the sport.

East Bengal take on fellow title challengers NEROCA FC at the Salt Lake Stadium.

A win against Gokulam could see Mohun Bagan crowned champion, if other results goes its way.

Minerva Punjab FC are the only team amongst the four who don't depend on any other outcome to triumph the league if they secure all three points against the Red Machines. Mohun Bagan, in turn, must win their match against Gokulam Kerala and hope East Bengal beat NEROCA whilst Minerva Punjab lose vs Churchill.

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Bagan has seven points with a double over East Bengal and a draw against Minerva. East Bengal face NEROCA FC in a must-win match in Kolkata. Minerva lead the league table, with 32 points from their 17 games, while NEROCA FC are in second place-with 31 points from 17 matches. This situation can happen if East Bengal and Mohun Bagan win their respective games and Minerva Punjab draws against Churchill Brothers.

As pointed out on social media, there is, in fact, one scenario where three teams can end up with 33 points.

East Bengal's draw with Lajong has handed Minerva another chance to seal the league but it won't be easy against a team fighting for survival in the league. A draw will not help their case even if Mohun Bagan and Minerva Punjab lose their games.

However, when most thought they would run away with the league, along came a rejuvenated Churchill Brothers.

Minerva Punjab FC players during a training session. They are battling relegation from the league and have been in poor form lately losing four of their last five matches. However, the permutations and combinations for the remaining three sides aren't that simple.