I could have gone to FIFA but the matter would have dragged on – Tolgay Ozbey

The Australian made his thoughts public after penning a two-year deal with East Bengal’s arch rivals Mohun Bagan…

Tolgay Ozbey claimed that the Indian Football Association (IFA), the state football association for football in West Bengal, “imposed” their decision of having to pay a fine and apologize to East Bengal on him.

The Australian had signed for Mohun Bagan after winning the Calcutta Premier League (CFL) for East Bengal. Thereafter the Red and Gold brigade claimed that the striker had taken an advance from them after having committed his future with them, something which the player kept denying.

“The fines and apology to East Bengal was imposed on me. I had to accept them. I was forced to live in a situation where I felt I was being blackmailed. Moving to FIFA was one of the options but I had to accept what was given to me because I wanted to start playing as soon as possible,” he said.

“The fine was unfair and I am glad that my money, and not East Bengal’s, would be used in the development of nursery football,” he added given that the fine paid by him would be used to develop a football nursery, as claimed by East Bengal.

Anjan Mitra of Mohun Bagan

Meanwhile, All India Football Federation (AIFF) vice-president Subrata Dutta was blamed for IFA’s delay in announcing the verdict in the Tolgay issue.

“It was scary that they (IFA) took so long,” said Anjan Mitra, general secretary of Mohun Bagan.

“Dutta should be blamed for the delay because I’m convinced that he threatened the IFA general secretary (Utpal Ganguly) and didn’t allow him to give a verdict," he told The Kolkata Telegraph.

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