I-League: East Bengal may have to forfeit opening game due to scheduling issues with ISL club ATK
ISL franchise ATK take on FC Pune City on 26 November and in two days' time, East Bengal play Aizawl. Government regulations do not permit two matches to be held in 48 hours' time at the same venue.
Kolkata: City football giants East Bengal may have to forfeit three points in their first I-League home game against reigning champions Aizawl FC after issues regarding playing at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan surfaced.
According to a club statement on Monday, government regulations do not permit two matches to be held in 48 hours' time at the same venue.
The Indian Super League (ISL) franchise ATK take on FC Pune City on 26 November and in two days' time, East Bengal play Aizawl in their league opener.
"We requested the I-League committee to let us play at Barasat or shift the match by one day. But they mailed back saying nothing is possible now and the time also cannot be changed," the statement read.
"They also informed us that points could be docked if we do not play," the statement added.
The club has sent the I-League mail to the Sports Department of West Bengal, asking them to review their decision of not allowing them to play at 48 hours' notice.
The 25-year-old, who most recently represented Ligue 2 side Chateauroux on loan from Belgian First Division A side Beerschot, joins on a two-year deal with an optional one-year extension.
The 32-year old Brazilian, who captained CFC in 2020-21, was ruled out for almost half the season after suffering an ankle injury during a game against ATK Mohun Bagan.
Bandovic, who joins the club after a successful stint in Thailand with Buriram United, takes over from Czaba Laszlo, who was at the helm in the previous season.