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Football players association backs East Bengal on ISL inclusion, writes to AIFF and FSDL

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Printed: July 31, 2020 5:29:31 pm


East Bengal have been in second spot in I-League when the remaining matches have been cancelled. (Supply: File Picture)

Taking on the cudgels for beleaguered East Bengal, the Soccer Gamers Affiliation of India (FPAI) on Friday made a plea for the heritage membership’s “fast” inclusion into the top-tier Indian Tremendous League.

In a letter addressed to All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) common secretary Kushal Das, which can also be marked to ISL organisers Soccer Sports activities Improvement Ltd (FSDL), the affiliation requested the involved stakeholders to put aside their variations for a fast decision into the matter.

“We the affiliation sincerely urge you to incorporate the East Bengal into the ISL with none hesitation or delay,” FPAI common supervisor Cyrus Confectioner stated within the letter.

“It’s wealthy in historical past and is without doubt one of the oldest and most premier golf equipment having a large fan following, one thing which the game wants for it to develop and thrive in India.

“All of the powers that be in Indian soccer, ought to put aside all variations and embrace this aspect, whose contribution to Indian soccer can’t be quantified,” he added.

The request comes days after the FSDL made it clear in a gathering with membership representatives that they’d persist with the present 10 groups within the 2020-21 season and wouldn’t be floating tenders for brand new outfits.

Following their break up with Quess Corp, the century-old membership already have their sporting rights again however are but to discover a new investor.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee can also be eager for the red-and-gold’s foray into the ISL and the state authorities helps out in roping in an investor.

Their arch-rivals Mohun Bagan are set to debut within the ISL after their merger with ATK and it stays to be seen whether or not the top-tier league will see the much-anticipated Kolkata derby.

On Mohun Bagan’s entry into the profitable league, the FPAI wrote, “We have been most completely satisfied to study that one other soccer big, Mohun Bagan, has already joined the ISL and a League having each these sides would take soccer to a different stage.

“Whereas we perceive that this doesn’t fall in our jurisdiction, it’s only a easy request contemplating the legacy of this membership. We urge you to present this challenge a really severe consideration.”

East Bengal membership has been grappling with monetary woes following the untimely pullout of its former investor Quess Corp, who have been its title sponsors for 2 seasons.

Plenty of its gamers are approaching the AIFF for getting their dues cleared.

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