I-League side Churchill Brothers FC has faced a ban on registering new players by the governing body for world football, FIFA. The ban has been imposed because the club failed to clear the salary of their foreign player.
On Monday, the AIFF released an official statement. It said,
“As per decision given by FIFA, a ban on the registration of new players has been imposed on Churchill Brothers FC, a club registered under the Goa Football Association.”
Why did Churchill Brothers FC face the ban?
Churchill Brothers faced the ban because the club failed to pay the salary of their Senegalese striker, Abdoulaye Sane. According to club sources, there was a dispute over the striker’s salary since he was injured and missed games, and there was even a possibility of the striker making a move.
As the transfer ban is effective on Churchill Brothers, they can’t register any players during this summer transfer window. If the club clears the player’s payment, then the ban will be lifted.
Club CEO’s reaction to the incident:
In this situation, Club CEO Valanka Alemao assured the fans by saying,
“There is no reason for our fans to panic. We are in the process of sorting out the dispute with our player. It will be sorted as soon as possible, and the ban will be lifted after that.”
Know about the Churchill Brothers marquee signing: Abdoulaye Sane:
The 30-year-old Senegalese striker joined the Red Machines as their marquee signing last season. Before this move, Sane was at Saudi Professional side Al-Taawoun FC. There, Sane made 27 appearances with three goals.
The 5.9-foot center-forward played mostly in France. Playing for Rennes, Sane made 15 appearances in Ligue 1 (France’s top-tier football league). Sane also has 96 Ligue 2 appearances to his name.
Even before Churchill Brothers, many Indian clubs faced transfer bans by FIFA for engaging in a dispute over salaries with their players.
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