East Bengal’s executive committee made a collective decision on Monday that the club will participate in the ongoing Super Cup and hoped for the backing of Quess Corp chairman Ajit Issac.
There is an internal conflict in Quess East Bengal over participation in Super Cup. (@eastbengalfc Photo)
- East Bengal are one of the seven I-League clubs who confirmed their withdrawal from Super Cup prior to the tournament
- I-League clubs are unitedly taking a stand against AIFF
- East Bengal is now facing an internal conflict over hostility towards AIFF
East Bengal’s executive committee said here on Monday it will request Quess Corp chairman Ajit Issac to ensure the club’s participation in the Super Cup and the Indian Super League (ISL).
The decision came a day after the All India Football Federation (AIFF) wrote to the club asking it to clear its stance on participation in the tournaments.
“We have unanimously decided to take part in the ISL and the Super Cup. We will send a letter to our chairman Ajit Isaac to convey the decision,” East Bengal executive committee member Debabrata Sarkar said after the meeting.
“We have several requests from former players and fans who want the club to play in these tournaments. We will request Ajit Isaac to hold a meeting with us and discuss the issue. Hopefully, the tournament organisers too will respond within 48 hours,” Sarkar said.
Quess Corp, which has been sponsoring the club since the last season, has stated that it is with the seven other agitating clubs who have refused to participate in the Super Cup until they are heard.
Earlier, Quess Chairman Issac told a news channel that the club remains committed to succeed and will take every necessary step for its progress.
In the same statement, however, Isaac blamed some members of the club for getting involved in “avoidable politics”.
“Some members of the EB club on the basis of a strange letter from the Football Federation have been involved in avoidable politics and we will not be drawn to that.
Quess East Bengal FC (@eastbengalfc) March 17, 2019
“Please work with us to help QEBFC and football in India to move forward. I want to thank all of you for your tremendous support and please note that we believe that QEBFC is a fantastic club with one of the best supporter base in the world. Together, let’s make the changes to make QEBFC a world class club,” he said.
“We are here to play football at every competitive stage and will play the game with every effort possible when we know that the federation will provide a level playing field and a commercial structure that is sustainable,” he added.
This clearly suggests that Quess is with the other seven agitating clubs who have refused to participate in the Super Cup until they are heard.