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7 April, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Premier clubs may face trouble with foreign players’ contracts

Sports Reporter, Dhaka
Premier clubs may face trouble with foreign players’ contracts

When the deadly COVID-19 is a big strike for the world economy, also a huge blow for the world sports, as there millions of dollars transaction use to deal round the year. The sports oganisers all over the world were forced to postpone all their running events including the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Bangladesh also not out of this COVID-19 thumb, as all the sports events including the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games, different domestic and international competitions and the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League Football, were scheduled to be staged to observe the centenary birth day of the Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were also postponed.

But the postponement of the Bangladesh Premier League for an indefinite period at the midway of the first- leg pushed the clubs into trouble with their foreign booters’ contracts.

Bashundhara Kings’ President Imrul Hassan when talking to The Independent yesterday that they will have to face enormous trouble with the agreement with the foreign players specially, the Costa Rican World Cupper Daniel Colindres.

Imrul Hassan first of all shared the current terrible situation of out breaking of deadly coronavirus all over the world including Bangladesh.

“Actually, the devastating COVID-19 attack pushed whole world into huge trouble for uncertainty period, as we also effected by this unexpected deadly virus, so nothing to do but wait for the salvation.”

“You know the ultimate result of the COVID-19 pandemic the football league in different countries allover the world postponed and there are now a huge talking about the contracts and salaries of the players due to postponement the leagues.

“We are not also indifferent, as we are also the victims of the toxic coronavirus and the clubs will face immense problems with the players’ contract and their salaries,” Imrul revealed.

About their problem Imrul said, “It will not possible to finish the league in due time, as we fell into an indefinite period lock-down, whenever the situation will calm down and the league will start, we don’t know.”

“So, as it will take time to complete the league in due time, the contract periods with the player will be over and we will have to pay the salary to the foreign players including the idle times and will have to make fresh contract because of the tenure of their agreements of agreement will be completed.”

“Anyway, we will have the problem with only Colindres, you know he is our vital player, we have contract with him May to May, so in the next month his contract will be ended. Hopefully, there would be no problems with other foreign booters like Delmonte, Nazarov, Bakhtiyar when we have contract with them upto October and Barcos, the newly recruited will join after the first leg.”

“We will sit with them (Delmonte, Nazarov, Bakhtiyar) after April 10 to discuss all about the situation,” Imrul detailed about the foreign players.

President of the champions Bashundhara also informed that they will have no problem with the local players – “We will not have any problem with our local players, as our contract with them for full season. But we have already requested BFF to discuss with the FIFA and AFC with the matter.”   

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club, who are now leading the table have five foreign players and have contract up to June and after than they will talk to them for further renewing the contract.

But the manger of Sheikh Jamal thinks that they would be able to make the players to understand the situation and will not face any big problem but with the salaries would have to pay them for excess time, as the league will not complete in due time.

“Yes, it’s a problem created by the very upsetting situation for COVID-19 scares, so we are all in a deep trouble and it turned into uncertain when the league will be completed.”

“We really fell into an uncertainty; we don’t know how long it will take to complete the league. About the players’ salary for that time will be settled after discussion and I also hard that FIFA will give decision on that,” said Helal when talking to The Independent yesterday.

Not only Bashndhara Kings and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club but the problem for all the 13 clubs, have foreign players.  

Club Abu Nayeem Shohag, general secretary of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) informed this correspondent yesterday that as the problem came up to all over the world FIFA have already thought about it and a decision will come in time.

“Now it turned into a global problem and FIFA also very much concerned about it. FIFA have already unofficially told the European Club Association to deduct maximum 70 percent of players’ salary.”

“FIFA have already formed a task force 22/24 of March to survey the condition all over the world and after discussion, all about the contract, reserve days period of the league, transfers window and some other issues subject to players’ deals. Then will forward a proposal to the FIFA Players’ Status Committee and after discussions a decision will be come up.”

“We are also waiting for what’s the decision will come from the FIFA and FIFA will give the decision through a circular to all its member association,” Shohag.  



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