The international governing body of football, FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association), has imposed a “transfer ban” on the Indian Super League (ISL) outfit, East Bengal, for an indefinite period that will be effective from January 1, 2023.
A transfer ban imposed on a football club means that the club is no longer eligible to register new players under it.
Reportedly, the major reason behind this is said to be the “non-payment of dues” to the players of East Bengal FC, which makes it difficult to function.
Previously, the club had been barred for allegedly failing to pay three of its players.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) revealed the transfer ban in a circular that read, “This circular is to notify all Member Associations and stake holders of the All India Football Federation that a ban on registration of new players has been imposed on East Bengal FC.”
Meanwhile, until further notice, the club shall remain banned unless they clear all their dues as soon as possible.
Additionally, FIFA earlier alerted the club with a 45-day notice in mid-August 2022, such that they could avoid the ban. Reflecting sheer insincerity in the management, the club failed to meet the demands and was finally banned on Tuesday.
East Bengal Football Club is an Indian professional multi-sport club known for its professional men’s football team in the Indian Super League. The club is based in Kolkata, West Bengal.