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SC East Bengal are currently in a tussle with their investors Shree Cement but the FSDL has made it clear that they need to sort out this whole fiasco or face consequences.

The Kolkata-based club were not supposed to attend Wednesday’s FSDL meeting but they had to join the proceedings after being summoned by the Football Sports Development Limited.

And in this meeting, SC East Bengal have been told that if this whole problem is not sorted out in time then the ISL will go ahead without them.

Times of India’s Sports Editor Marcus Mergulhao wrote on Twitter: “FSDL has told SC East Bengal to sort out the mess as soon as possible or else the ISL will go ahead with a 10-team league this season.

“There will not be any time for a new investor to step in and complete the formalities.

“Initially, SC East Bengal were not scheduled to attend the meeting but were summoned by FSDL to attend.  I understand the club CEO was in attendance and the instructions from the league were clear. “Sort out soon or else it’s goodbye.”

As things stand, the East Bengal officials are not ready to sign the final agreement and on the other hand, Shree Cement managing director Hari Mohan Bangur will only listen to further talks once these officials put pen on paper.

Shree Cement have the option of handing the sports rights back to SC East Bengal but for that, they will have to pay 50 crores to the club which were spent on expenses of the last season.

Amidst all this drama, it’s the fans who are suffering the most since it’s very much possible that the club might have to skip the new ISL season if the officials cannot come to terms with the investors in time.

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