Indian Football

Decoding East Bengal's Transfer Ban by FIFA

Mudeet Arora
East Bengal have been handed a transfer ban by FIFA
East Bengal have been handed a transfer ban by FIFA / DIPTENDU DUTTA/Getty Images
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After witnessing major issues going on at Kerala Blasters, who received a transfer ban, another Indian Super League side East Bengal too has been slapped with a similar fate by FIFA.

Blasters have received a transfer ban for the non-payment of salary of their former player Matej Poplatnik.

However, East Bengal's ban has a lot of twists and turns marred with controversy with Costa Rican legend Jhonny Acosta right at the crux of the issue.


So, why did East Bengal get a transfer ban?

The Kolkata based club has been banned due to non-payment of their former star Jhonny Acosta's salary after the player complained to FIFA.

Players can approach FIFA if they aren't paid their wages on time. Acosta did the same.


What can East Bengal do to solve the issue?

The ISL side can simply pay the dues to the player and the ban will be lifted immediately once payment has been made, confirmed by FIFA.


Will new owners pay Acosta's salary?

New club owners Shree Cement is not legally bound to pay Acosta's salary. But, Goal report that if there is a final agreement, then the management may consider paying off the dues temporarily so that the transfer ban can be lifted and the team-building process for the upcoming 2020/21 season can finally start. However, the club officials have to return the payment to Shree Cement within one month of the owners paying the dues.


Currently, the following footballers are listed on contract with East Bengal:

Mohammed Rafique

Mohammad Rafique Ali Sardar

Wahengbam Angousana

Balwant Singh

Loken Meitei

Bikash Jairu

Anil Chawan

Girik Khosla

Novin Gurung

Pritam Singh


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