East Bengal will play ISL, differences with Shree Cement will be sorted: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee once again has come forward and assured the fans of East Bengal that the club would play in the Indian Super League despite its management’s ugly tussle with investors Shree Cement Limited (SCL). Banerjee, who had played a key role in the tie-up of SCL with East Bengal in their last minute bid to play in ISL last season, took a dig at the club management for being adamant in not signing the final agreement. “Ektu chere khelun, ektu chere khelle ota hoe jabe…

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Calcutta Football League pullout may relegate SC East Bengal: IFA

Heavyweights SC East Bengal, who are engaged in a tussle with their investors Shree Cements over transfer of sporting rights, may face relegation if they pull out of the Calcutta Football League Premier Division, the state football body Indian Football Association (IFA) said on Monday. With “no clarity” about SC East Bengal’s participation in the 14-team tournament slated to begin in August third week, IFA secretary Joydeep Mukherjee said as per the rulebook the red-and-gold brigade would be relegated to the lower division. “We want football to resume, many players,…

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East Bengal: Police lathi-charge supporters after fiery protests erupt in Maidan

The Leslie Claudis street in Kolkata witnessed a rare sight on Wednesday when two factions of East Bengal supporters clashed with each other leading to a scuffle and subsequent lathi-charge by the Kolkata Police. One set of supporters raised slogans against the club officials specifically demanding Debabrata Sarkar, aka Nitu Da, to offer his resignation. The other group lent their voice in support of the authorities. Fans had started to gather in front of the club tent from 1 PM in the afternoon after a clarion call on social media…

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Ownership impasse prompts clashes between rival East Bengal factions

Two factions of East Bengal supporters clashed with each other in front of the club tent on Wednesday. Three persons got injured and were hospitalised, while police arrested 16 people for flouting Covid norms. As the pre-arranged fan protest turned ugly, former players and administrators called it “a sad day” for the century-old club. Mounted police intervened and a lathi-charge had to be initiated to disperse an angry mob of over 500 who ignored Covid guidelines and demanded resignation of club officials over the ongoing investor-related impasse. The dissidents were…

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East Bengal will ‘not sign final agreement will investors’

East Bengal club management on Friday decided not to sign the final agreement with investor Shree Cement Limited, further deepening the ongoing crisis over transferring of sporting rights. The decision was taken at an emergent meeting where 24 executive members signed in a statement that could jeopardise their participation in the top-tier Indian Super League. “We will not sign the agreement where the members will lose their fundamental rights, where the club will be permanently handed over and we will lose the right over ground, logo, tent,” East Bengal general…

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East Grinstead women lead way at England Hockey Championship Finals

Four goals from Sophie Bray led East Grinstead to a 5-3 win over Clifton Robinsons in the Women’s Championship final on Saturday. East Grinstead’s win was the standout performance in the EH Championship Finals action at Nottingham Hockey Centre. Bray completed a hat-trick in the first half while Autumn Bowdon gave EG an authoritative 4-1 lead at the break. An Abi Porter double briefly kept Clifton in the game but when Bray notched her fourth, the trophy was heading to Sussex. In the men’s Championship final, Oxted overcame Bowdon to…

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Beavers top Wyoming East for 1st section baseball title since 2006

Jun. 5—BLUEFIELD — The Bluefield High School baseball team has won two championships this season. Before too long they’ll be playing for a third. The top-seeded Beavers lit up Wyoming East for 15 hits at Bowen Field at Peters Park in Friday’s Class AA, Region 1, Section 3 title game, beating the Warriors 17-7 for Bluefield’s first sectional championship in baseball since 2006. “It’s been a while,” said Bluefield head coach Jimmy Redmond, whose squad won this year’s Coppinger Invitational earlier in the regular season. The Bluefield players were understandably…

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East Bengal executive committee refuse to sign final agreement, threaten mass resignation

SC East Bengal’s influential executive committee led by Debabrata Sarkar alias Nitu, on Tuesday, threatened to tender enmasse resignation if they were coerced into signing the final agreement with their investors Shree Cements putting their ISL future in a limbo. This was decided at a meeting of all the members of East Bengal’s executive committee where they made a “detailed point-wise discussion” on differences between the term sheet and the final definitive document (binding agreement). “The EC has unanimously decided not to sign the definitive document in its current form.…

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