Mohun Bagan in legal mess

Legal wrangles within Mohun Bagan over a variety of issues have forced the club to delay forming a team for the new season.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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Just weeks after Mohun Bagan became the first club to win the prestigious National Football League title for the third time, comes the news that they may not even be able to play this season. Legal wrangles within the club over a variety of issues have forced Bagan to delay forming a team for the new season. Bagan's players have not been paid for the last two months and a case has been filed in the city civil court, which is preventing the club from being converted into a limited company. Anjan Mitra, Secretary, Mohun Bagan club, lamented, "Foreign investment does not come in and our sponsors are also not coming because of the court cases." According to a new sponsorship deal, Bagan will be forced like other clubs to prefix the name of a sponsor - in this case McDowell. And that has not gone down too well with the traditionalists in the club. "Mohun Bagan's own revenue is very small there is no alternative but to take sponsors and we have to prefix their name before the club," remarked Mitra. The club has called a general body meeting on May 18 and one of the items on the agenda is consolidating the accounts of the club for the last 12 years. "We are really fed up. We have called our players and ex-players. Once and for all we should settle everything or else Mohun Bagan will be in deep trouble," said Mitra. The trouble has already started though, with Bagan having pulled out of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Championships.