ISL New Season – East Bengal – Shree Cement tussle: Fallout with investors is not new in Kolkata football and the ongoing rift between Indian Super League’s (ISL) new entrant East Bengal and investor Shree Cement hardly surprise anybody but it is the players who suffer the most. In such a case, nine SC East Bengal players including two stars CK Vineeth and Eugeneson Lyngdoh have complained to the player status committee (PSC) of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for not clearing salaries for the last few months.
While most of the players’ contract ended on Monday including CK Vineeth and Eugeneson Lyngdoh’s as they signed one-year deals, they complained of not receiving salaries, as per a Telegraph report. They were roped in before Shree Cement signed the deal as a sponsor before the ISL 2020-21 season. Among the players, only Balwant Singh has a two-year deal.
ISL New Season: However, with the players’ complaint, East Bengal could be in further trouble as the club will be forced to clear players’ salaries and could be handed a transfer ban for not adhering to AIFF and FIFA rules. Last year, East Bengal were dealt a blow by the AIFF when the governing body handed a two-window transfer ban for not clearing salaries of players including Pintu Mahata, Gurwinder Singh, Abhas Thapa and Rakshit Dagar. The players were signed during the Quess era and won their case in the PSC.
East Bengal’s Spanish player Jaime Colado and some foreign support staff also filed a complaint to FIFA’s dispute resolution committee chamber regarding salary dispute last year. Colado won his case in a blow to East Bengal who now have piling salary dues due to the ongoing tussle.
ISL New Season: The tussle has seen East Bengal not making preparations for the upcoming ISL season which is supposed to begin in September. The Kolkata-based club is yet to sign new players while both parties refusing to come to an agreement.
East Bengal and Shree Cement are yet to sign the final agreement paper as the club officials continue to refuse on the basis of various points. The club sent a letter to Shree Cement over clarity on multiple points in the sponsorship agreement.
“It’s more or less on the lines of the one sent on Friday. Let us know when the club will sign the final agreement. If they do not want to sign then that should also be intimated to us,” Shree Cement representative told Telegraph.
Earlier, coach Robbie Fowler hit out at club officials for mismanagement and rift with the investor Shree Cement.