'I intend to write to AIFF to make do with no registration or a nominal fee' - Utpal Ganguly, IFA secretary

In a time of financial distress for the clubs in Bengal, the general secretary of the IFA, Utpal Ganguly hopes that the Indian FA will reconsider levying the registration fee...

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The All India Football Federation (AIFF) have proposed a new registration system for centralised players along with an annual fee as registration, in a directive which has been equivocally approved by its Emergency Committee.

Utpal Ganguly, general secretary of the Indian Football Association (IFA), which is the governing body of football for the state of West Bengal, considers the federation's new directive to have both a positive as well as a negative ring to it.

"I think the procedure of maintaining essential data (of players) is a good idea, but for clubs to pay that sort of amount - particularly this year as most of the clubs are finding it tough to fund their own team - I think is difficult," he told GOAL.

He also mentioned that he would request the federation to make do with no registration or a nominal fee for atleast this year as the clubs are going through a bad financial situation.

"I intend to write to AIFF either to allow this registration to be done without such payment or with nominal payment for this year," he added.

It may be recalled that East Bengal have unilaterally asked its players to agree to take a pay cut of up to 50 percent of their salaries. While United SC are struggling to rope in a sponsor and the fate of the Arrows lies in the limbo.

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