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The Kolkata club faced the consequences for not having fulfilled the essential criterion for participation in the I-League...

United Sports Club were amongst the three teams to have been expelled from the next edition of the I-League for having failed to meet the club licensing norms.

Siddhartha Bhattacharya, a top official of the club, however sounded hopeful of his team’s participation as he intends to appeal.

"Yes, we have got the news. But we have not received any official mail as of now. I think we will get it by Thursday and given that there is a chance of filing an appeal against the ruling, we are hopeful of getting positive result," he told Goal on Wednesday evening.

The Purple Brigade are still fresh from avoiding the drop as their players put in a commendable performance despite the financial troubles at the club.

"We were in advanced talks with a number of potential sponsors and I am afraid this decision may harm that progress," he remarked.

Bhattacharya was disappointed that despite the commitment shown last season, the Indian FA didn't give them a chance to find a stable sponsor.

"I think with the kind of work we had done last year, we deserved another chance. I hope we will at least get the national license, like the ones Mumbai FC and Shillong Lajong have received. I still have full trust in the AIFF and I hope that God will save us," he signed off.