East Bengal and investor Quess differ on Super Cup participation

East Bengal investor Quess had decided to be part of the unity showed by the group of I-League clubs in withdrawing from the Super Cup to protest against AIFF inaction on various issues.

East Bengal executive committee's decision exposed a simmering discontent among the officials of the club who have felt left out by its investor, Quess Corp Limited. (Representative Image)   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

The East Bengal Club executive committee decided to shoot down the decision of its investor Quess by announcing its willingness to participate in the upcoming Hero Super Cup.

Quess, which revived the fortunes of East Bengal by investing in the team, had decided to be part of the unity showed by the group of I-League clubs in withdrawing from the Super Cup to protest against All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) inaction on various issues.

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The East Bengal Club executive committee decision exposed a simmering discontent among the officials of the club who have felt left out by its investor, Quess Corp Limited.

According to the East Bengal club officials, the Bengaluru-based company, which owns a major share in the Quess East Bengal FC (QEBFC) Private Limited after the senior team was incorporated into a separate entity in July 2018, had been ignoring it while taking its decisions.

“The meeting was convened to discuss and consider the overwhelming support we have received from our fans and well wishers to participate in the two tournaments (Super Cup and the next season of ISL). There are four directors from East Bengal Club in the QEBFC board and we have been kept in the dark about the decision taken by our investor,” said one of the QEBFC directors and a senior functionary of East Bengal club Debabrata Sarkar.

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“We will convey our decision in writing to the chairman (Ajit Isaac) of QEBFC board and hope that he convenes a meeting within 48 hours to hear the plea of fans and members,” he added while saying that if QEBFC does not convene a meeting within the time, the East Bengal Club executive committee will meet again to discuss the “future course of action.”

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