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Federation Cup to kick off on November 3

Update : 09 Oct 2013, 05:43 PM

The 2013-14 season is just 24 days away as the first professional tournament Federation Cup will kick off from November 3 while the top flight football, Bangladesh Premier League, is expected to begin from last week of next month.

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) professional football league committee, presided by league committee chairman and BFF’s senior vice president Abdus Salam Murshedy, was held at the BFF House yesterday where the decisions were made.

The committee also decided to extend the local players’ transfer window for the next season from October 23 to October 31 following the requests from the club officials. The window for the foreign players remained unchanged which will end on November 15.

“Due to Eid (Eid-Ul-Azha), the club officials requested to differ the date of the deadline day of the inter-clubs local players’ transfers window, that’s why we changed the date,” said BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Sohag.

Meanwhile, the committee suggested to the executive committee of BFF to include club representatives in the referees’ committee, informed the top officials after the meeting. Salam Murshedi admitted that some top club officials requested them to include in the referee’s committee for why they decided on principal to recommend it to the executive committee.

“Members of the professional league committee considered that if they are in the referee’s committee then the referees would not be biased to anyone, which make the games more competitive,” said Salam Murshedi.

The professional league committee after being pressurised by the clubs decided to re-recommend permitting the executive members to enter the field during the match as a official of any clubs, the recommendation which was previously rejected by the executive committee.

However, the Federation Cup matches will be held at the Bangabandhu National Stadium and Birshreshtha Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur as usual where 10 clubs from Bangladesh Premier League along with seven Bangladesh Championship clubs will take part in the season’s first big event.

The committee also informed that BFF will take necessary initiatives for the foreign players of the 2013-14 season to get one-year multiple entry visa.

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