Unpaid dues to players and club haunt Chirag United Kerala

In a sad state of affairs, players of Chirag United Kerala, formerly Viva Kerala, are yet to be paid their dues for the season, reveals secretary P. Bhaskaran...
As if relegation from the I-League wasn't enough, the woes of Chirag United Kerala's players and staff show no sign of ending, with the players yet to be remitted their salaries of the past two months.

Despite finishing 12th on the table, the Kerala based team were not able to avoid the drop, as Pailan Arrows could not be relegated as per the regulations, and consequently Chirag Computers have also decided to withdraw their sponsorship.

Talking to Goal.com, the secretary of the club, Mr. P. Bhaskaran also confirmed that a portion of the sponsorship amount is also due to be cleared.

"An amount of Rs. 3 crores is yet to be paid from the sponsorship amount to the club," he said. The deal which was signed in August last year was for a sum of 3.75 crores.

"They (Chirag Computers) are the owners. We don't know what to do," Bhaskaran admitted, suggesting that going to Kolkata may remain the only option to get in touch with the owners. "Nobody is picking our calls and there is no sort of correspondence what so ever."

To add to the misery, it is also reliably learned that Chirag Computers, via an Email sent last month, told the club that if the team gets relegated they may not make the full payment despite the absence of such a clause in the signed deal.

Meanwhile, the players have also not received their salaries for the last two months and the three foreign recruits David Sunday, Issac Boakye and Charles Dzisah are also without an apartment, as the same was leased by Chirag only till 14 May.

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