World governing body FIFA has handed out bans to Indian Super League clubs SC East Bengal and Kerala Blasters FC from signing any new players in the 2021 summer transfer window because of non-payment of dues to former recruits.
Interestingly the Indian football transfer window opens tomorrow on Wednesday, June 9.
FIFA’s ban, which was drafted on June 1 and forwarded by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Monday, comes in the wake of East Bengal and Kerala Blasters’ failure to comply with ‘financial obligations’ for their former players Johnny Acosta (East Bengal) and Matej Poplatnik (Kerala Blasters).
This ban comes at the worst possible time for East Bengal Club, who are currently trying to figure out if to extend or end their association with investors Shree Cement and then comes another old problem from the old Quess Corps days, who have salaries pending with other former players after terminating contracts.
Former Costa Rica international Johnny Acosta, who played twice for East Bengal, got stuck in Kolkata following the coronavirus-enforced lockdown last year. There was worse in store as Quess Corps had applied the Force Majeure clause terminating the players’ contracts before their association with East Bengal had ended.
Acosta, who finally left Kolkata in June last year, had hit out at the club for being “apathetic to his situation”.
“I close a cycle of my life, this time a little different. In a great institution to which I have a lot of love and respect, Quess East Bengal FC, but that in the end there were contract and salary issues that failed to comply, in addition to little help for my return to Costa Rica where the club showed little disposition and apathetic to my situation,” Acosta had posted on social media.
East Bengal and Quess Corp had a three-year tie-up but the Bengaluru-based investor exited on May 31, 2020 after a two-year association.
Meanwhile Kerala Blasters are in trouble as FIFA has acted upon a complaint about unpaid salary by former Slovenian striker Matej Poplatnik.