Indian Super League club Pune City FC has plunged into a severe crisis for survival. Struggling to overcome financial crisis, the film star Arjun Kapoor-owned football club has now been slapped with a ban by the All India Football Federation on player transfer for two registration periods.
The ban orders issued on Tuesday will come into effect from August 31. Till then the club can only sign players for this season.
The club has been pronounced guilty of “inducing breach of contract” for signing Chennai City FC midfielder Nestor Jesus Gordillo. The Spanish professional footballer had reportedly breached his Chennai City FC contract, which runs till May 30, 2020, to join the ISL club.
Chennai City FC had reported the breach to the AIFF and informed that Gordillo had signed a deal with Puce City FC on May 2. Taking cognisance of the offence, the AIFF has ruled that the Pune City will now not be allowed to sign any players for the next two transfer windows – starting January 1-31, 2020 and the first registration period of the next season (July-August 2020), national daily Times of India has reported.
There were several questions swirling around about the survival of FC Pune City. Their financial worries have been out in the open, and now their woes have been compounded with the player status committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) handing them a transfer ban for two registration periods on Tuesday.
“We are still in a shock over this order. Our lawyers are studying the order, but we will definitely appeal,” the daily has quoted Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel as saying.
The club has three days to lodge an appeal with the appeals committee of the AIFF and reasons for appeal must be given within seven days.
Nestor has also been banned for four months “from playing in any official matches under the aegis of AIFF.” He was also advised to pay a one-time compensation of $ 16,500 (₹ 11,55,000), equivalent to three months of his salary, to Chennai City FC along with a fine of ₹50,000 to AIFF.