The All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Indian Football Association (IFA) won’t intrude within the ongoing tussle between East Bengal govt committee and its investor Shree Cement, AIFF Secretary-General Kushal Das confirmed on Wednesday. Hundreds of East Bengal followers took to the streets of Kolkata on Wednesday in protest because the membership’s Executive Committee refused to signal the ultimate settlement with Shree Cement. “Yeah, I have heard that there was violence today. It is certainly not good. There is no question of AIFF or IFA getting into it. There is an agreement that is signed between an investor and the club. There is no locus standi of anybody to come in,” Das instructed ANI.
He additionally confirmed that the eighth version of the Indian Super League will get underway on November 19 in Goa. He additional stated that the scenario appears grim for East Bengal if the membership doesn’t clear up the difficulty on the earliest.
“Yes, there is no other option, we have to play the ISL in a similar environment in Goa like last year. The tournament will start on November 19. As for East Bengal, they will have to form a team, the transfer window finishes on August 1. Unless this is resolved, it would be difficult for them to form a team,” he pointed.
With the SC East Bengal membership officers and predominant sponsors Shree Cement at loggerheads because of the non-signing of the contract, the destiny of the membership within the ISL is unsure.
Speaking to ANI, sources near the buyers made it clear that they might need the ultimate settlement signed earlier than shifting ahead.
“Shree Cement’s stance has been very clear from the first day. They want the definitive final agreement to be signed as per the term sheet, as was agreed upon. They are here to help East Bengal in every way possible and know what the club stands for,” the supply stated.
“They have spent around Rs 54 crore in the first season and are willing to pull out all stops in order to help the club this season too, and beyond. But the signing of the final agreement needs to be the first step in that direction,” the supply added.
The East Bengal membership administration had on Friday determined to not signal the ultimate settlement with investor Shree Cement Limited. The determination was taken at an emergent assembly the place all 24 govt members signed an announcement saying the identical.
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