Indian football is in news for all the wrong reasons lately. First some of the foreign players, coaching staff of the Indian Super League clubs Hyderabad FC and Kerala Blasters raised voice in regard to the unpaid salaries and now trouble is brewing with some of the I League clubs.
I League – Players salaries not paid
Japanese midfielder Katsumi Yusa is threatening to move FIFA if Chennai City FC “doesn’t agree to pay of his dues”.The club’s former Spanish players — Roberto Eslava Suarez, Sandro Rodriguez, Nauzet Santana — are also expected to follow suit.
Chennai City FC, who won the I-League in 2018-19, terminated the foreigners’ contracts applying the Force Majeure clause last week. The point of contention in Katsumi’s case is that the midfielder wants the club to pay his salary till April.
Having returned to his country six days after Chennai City’s last I-League match against Neroca FC on March 14, he also wants the club to bear the cost of his airfare. However, according to one source, the club is only willing to pay him till March.
“Both the parties are looking for an amicable solution. If that doesn’t happen, Katsumi may move FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC),” one FPAI official said.
The DRC had ruled a case in Katsumi’s favour a couple of months ago over his contract dispute with East Bengal. The Calcutta giants had to pay off the Japanese midfielder’s dues.
East Bengal players also awaiting salaries
Chennai City FC is not the only I League club who has been caught up in salary dispute, some of the Quess East Bengal footballers have also sought the help of Football Players Association of India (FPAI), the Indian players’ body. On April 25, Quess had activated the force majeure clause to terminate all the contracts (players and coaching staff alike) with effect from May 1.
The players were also told they would not receive the salary for May. The players, in a series emails, had protested what they called a “unilateral decision”. “As of now the players want FPAI to help them get the salaries. Only three players have sought help, but the process has started so maybe others will also come,” one source told The Telegraph on Wednesday.