AIFF’s player status committee compels clubs to remunerate players to whom they owe salaries

The committee decided that it is paramount for the players to receive their dues immediately while choosing to defer on issues related to Jovel Martins...

The All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Player Status committee has ordered I-League clubs, namely Mohun Bagan and Churchill Brothers, to sanction the salaries to their players by the end of the calendar year.

The issue came to light after seven players from Mohun Bagan viz. Rakesh Masih, Jewel Raja, Manish Maithani, Biswajit Saha, Arindam Bhattacharya, NP Pradeep and Khelemba Meitei, along with acolytes Steven Dias and Sandip Nandy from current league champions Churchill Brothers lodged complaints with the AIFF to this respect.

After a meeting on Friday, held by the committee, wherein they heard the arguments put forth by the representatives of both the aforementioned clubs, it was adjudicated and reinforced that the clubs had to pay the players.

“The player representative did not know how much balance was due to the players. A few players have written in their complaints that a percentage of their dues has not been cleared but there was no clarity on the balance amount due to each player,” explained a knowledgeable member of the committee, who had presided over the issue, to The Times of India.

He also went on to add, “The Bagan representative said they were ready to clear the dues but did not have any money at the moment.”

The Churchill officials contested the complaints stating that Nandy’s dues would be cleared at the earliest whereas Dias’ salary was held back on disciplinary grounds.

Meanwhile, the committee decided to dither on Jovel Martins, who courted controversy after signing for two clubs simultaneously, Sporting Clube De Goa and Pune FC. The medio has since decided to stick to Sporting Clube and to this effect had written to the AIFF and Pune FC that not only signed a contract but taken an advance too.

“The letter from Jovel and Sporting Clube would be forwarded to Pune FC. They have to explain their position within seven days. Only after receiving Pune FC’s position will the committee take a final call on the issue,” clarified the AIFF.

The committee has also instructed the AIFF to penalize Mohammedan Sporting for failing to concretize their claim of breach of contract on behalf of Mehrajuddin Wadoo with evidence.

An email registering their complaint against the player, who has now opted to join the IMG-Reliance bandwagon, was sent by Mohammedan Sporting to the committee and AIFF, to which they replied. However, the club has been incommunicado on the issue since and thus faces sanctions.  

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