In a move that might come as a death blow to some, United SC on Thursday were exempted from the list of participating clubs in the Calcutta Football League (CFL) by the Indian Football Association (IFA), West Bengal’s football governing body.
The move has been deemed warranted as United SC were unable to furnish a list of the required number of players, as stipulated by the rules. The Kolkata based Purple Brigade has faced severe financial pressures in the past and has also been banned from participating in the upcoming I-League season due to non-compliance with the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) club licencing criteria.
The CFL, whose start has been postponed to August 10th from the initial August 3rd kick-off, will now be composed of eleven teams. The opening game will be contested by East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting at the Salt Lake Stadium.
“In view of United SC not having registered the required number of players within deadline, the championship round of CFL Premier Division will be played with 11 teams instead of 12. The league, which was scheduled to begin from August 3, will now get underway from August 10,” read a release from the IFA.
United SC’s Alokesh Kundu, seemed far from dejected however. “Some weeks ago, we had verbally requested the IFA secretary to consider our case because of the prevailing circumstances. We’ll talk to him again tomorrow and request him to reconsider, given the situation we’re going through. There’s nothing else we can do at the moment,” elucidated the club secretary to The Telegraph.