India footballing legend and former East Bengal striker, Bhaichung Bhutia has opened up on the controversy surrounding his former club and their investors, Shree Cement - expressing solidarity with the fans, while hoping that the deadlock between the two parties ends soon.
A section of the club's fans had gathered near the stadium last Saturday in order to protest against the club officials in a peaceful manner, but the protest turned violent with police using the lathi-charge to disperse the protesting crowd to maintain law and order.
The club officials had hit out at the protest by certain section of fans, revealing that it brought a bad name to the club and Bhutia for his part took to social media to extend his support to the East Bengal fans.
"I stand with East Bengal fans. It's sad to see what is happening to my club East Bengal. The club belongs to the fans and their Legacy. I hope things are resolved soon and the club is back to its Glory days."
Shree Cement had signed on as the investor of East Bengal in 2020, which facilitated the club's move to the Indian Super League (ISL). However, even though the term sheet has been signed between the two parties, a final binding agreement of the deal is yet to be signed by the officials despite multiple reminders.
The club officials have remained firm on the claim that certain points in the final agreement are different from the term sheet that the parties had signed. The new management, on the other hand, claims otherwise.