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IFA’s governing body convened on 2 September …
Kolkata giants ATK Mohun Bagan and SC Østbengal have refrained from participating in the 2021/22 season in the Calcutta Football League (CFL). As expected, Bagan did not show up for their CFL opener against the George Telegraph on Sunday at Kalyani Stadium in West Bengal.
The opposition waited for the Mariners to show up for 15 minutes according to the rules, but even after the set time when Bagan did not show up, it was treated as a walkover and three points were awarded to the George Telegraph.
It is unlikely that both East Bengal and Bagan will play a single match in the competition. However, IFA (Indian Football Association) secretary Joydeep Mukherjee has stated that the league will continue as planned and no other changes will be made.
What did Joydeep Mukherjee say?
“The league will continue as it is. The other 12 clubs have agreed that they will continue to play in the competition. If East Bengal and Mohun Bagan want to be in the middle, they can, as their matches are already chalked. Otherwise it will be treated as walkovers, “he confirmed Goal.
Will East Bengal and Mohun Bagan be relegated from CFL’s Premier Division?
IFA had formulated a shorter version of the CFL due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, it was decided that there will be no relegation to this edition of the competition.
“All 14 clubs had previously decided that there will be no relegation. Therefore, neither Mohun Bagan nor East Bengal will be relegated. However, both clubs have mentioned that they do not have youth teams and a reserve team. I do not understand how it works. less it seems that the club’s officials would like to play, but other stakeholders in the club are not willing to participate, “Mukherjee said.
IFA can sanction some form of penalty for both clubs for non-participation.
“The matter will be taken up for discussion at the Governing Council meeting scheduled for 2 September. We will also form the various IFA committees in this meeting and the matter may also be referred to the respective committee for to decide on the amount of punishment, “the administrator said.