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Dhaka Tribune

No conclusion yet from BFF committee

Update : 22 Oct 2013, 07:09 PM

The Players’ Status Committee of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) meeting yesterday did not come to any conclusions regarding a controversy in which five players are allegedly receiving payment from more than one club – a controversy which is one of the reasons that none of the premier league clubs have as yet completed the transfer process with just eight days to go before the deadline.

Mohammedan sent a letter to the BFF on September 10 accusing five premier league players - Zahid Hossain, Mamun Mia, Nahidul Islam, Shakil Ahmed and Shariful Islam – of receiving payments from more than one club and the accused at before the players’ status committee yesterday, along Mohammedan manager Amirul Islam Babu.

BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag informed the media that four players admitted to the committee that they took money from both Mohammedan and Sheikh Russell but decided to stay with Russell, while Shariful chose Abahani despite taking money from the Motijheel outfit. Shariful said that the club owed him the money from the previous season and he felt he had done no wrong.

Shohag added that the players’ account of what happened mostly matched Mohammedan’s account but there were certain discrepancies about phone calls and payment issues. The players claimed that the club did not contact them after making the initial payment and so they sought another team.

The committee will meet again to hear from both Sheikh Russell and Mohammedan before reaching a conclusion. Sharif and Nahid will also be called before the committee again.

The deadline for the inter-club players’ transfer window is October 31.

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