East Bengal to play in ISL, impasse ends with Mamata Banerjee’s intervention

Shree Cement & East Bengal Club authorities end their differences

East Bengal will play in the Indian Super League (ISL), Shree Cement authorities assured in the presence of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna, the state administrative headquarters, on Wednesday.

Banerjee intervened in the matter and the impasse was resolved a day after she expressed her displeasure with Shree Cement’s decision to end the joint venture with East Bengal club at the last moment. The Bengal CM on Tuesday had said that the Shree Cement authorities had sent her a letter to inform that they won’t be able to continue with East Bengal. “This is a very bad attitude,” said Banerjee yesterday. She had played a key role in the tie-up.

“We want clubs like Mohun Bagan, East Bengal to play the ISL. Today, I am very happy,” she said, after officials of East Bengal and Shree Cement shook hands to indicate that the crisis was over for now.

In June 2020, Shree Cement was brought on board as an investor. Thereafter, a joint venture — Shree Cement East Bengal Foundation was formed.

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