The Indian Football Association (IFA), which is the state football association of West Bengal, found Tolgay Ozbey guilty of misconduct and fined the Australian a sum of Rs. 5 Lakhs as a penalty, which shall be deposited into the IFA players fund. The IFA Players' Status Committee found enough evidence against the striker for not having adhered to the norms of transfer when trying to finalise a move from East Bengal to arch-rivals Mohun Bagan.
Ozbey has also been asked to pay a month’s salary back to Trevor Morgan’s side, a sum totaling to an amount of around Rs. 10 lakhs and also issue an apology letter within 72 hours to the Red and Gold, as after going through the various letters and agreements of the player and East Bengal, the committee found the Australian to be in the wrong.
The Calcutta Football League (CFL) champions on their part, were requested to return the player's unique identification tag, also known as a “token”, after receiving the fee and apology letter from Ozbey.
Both the parties though still have the right to appeal to the IFA against the verdict, but a petition must be filed with the association within 72 hours, otherwise the committee’s decision shall remain final and binding.
This verdict is the latest twist in the Tolgay Ozbey transfer saga, which began when the player walked out on East Bengal after helping them win the CFL, and immediately signing for their bitter rivals, the Mariners.
The Red and Gold officials then accused him of having already having signed a voucher for the coming season with them, and hence they requested the IFA to take action against him.
The player though, blamed the East Bengal officials of trying to defame him and also revealed that the Kolkatan outfit owed money to his agent, leading to both the club and player knocking on the doors of the IFA for justice.
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