Multiple sources from within the club and the team management also elaborated on the situation.
According to an IANS report, Quess has asked the foreign players and coaching staff of East Bengal, who are currently in Kolkata to vacate their accommodation by May 31. Apparently, this is in accordance with the contracts of these players. A source from the team management spoke to the news agency on request of anonymity and provided further clarity on the issue.
“The flats’ contracts end on 31st May. But, after that, keeping in mind the current scenario where do they go?” the source asked. He further remarked, “They should make arrangements for them. These are extraordinary times. The airports are closed and there is no clarity when everything will be okay.”
To put it into perspective, Quess had applied the ‘Force Majeure’ clause and put an end to all contracts from May 1. They would be terminating their association with East Bengal from May 31. An individual who is aware of the situation surrounding the accommodation of the foreigners also voiced his thoughts to IANS.
He believed that the stranded players might have to contact their respective embassies and tackle the situation, as they cannot continue to stay in their flats after the end of the ongoing month. The source claimed, “They have been asked to vacate their flats latest by May 31 when Quess and East Bengal part ways. This will apply to even those who have multi-year contracts.”
A senior official of the club expressed his unawareness about the same. He mentioned, “I have no idea what they are doing. They have not kept us in the loop.” Contracts of several East Bengal players were terminated in late April, which included even those who had multi-year deals with the club. They got in touch with the Football Players’ Association of India and might even approach the AIFF to recover their fees from the club’s investors.
On the other hand, East Bengal have been extremely active in the transfer market. They had roped in numerous players to overhaul the squad. The COVID-19 crisis resulted in the premature conclusion of the I-League season, as Mohun Bagan were declared champions. However, the pandemic prompted Quess to trigger the ‘force majeure’ and the repercussions of that could be seen in the mayhem surrounding the accommodation arrangements for their foreign recruits.