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Sanctions on 20 Arambagh Men

Arambagh footballers facing uncertain future

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 30th August, 2021 09:15:19 PM
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The rest of the young footballers of Arambagh Krira Sangha are worried about the future after imposing sanctions on 20 members --14 players and 6 officials on Sunday.

The country’s football for the first time witnessed massive punishment for involving match-fixing and betting in domestic football. Twenty Arambagh men were handed bans for different periods due to their involvement in the spot-fixing scandal. The club also got punished by a cash penalty of Tk 5 lakh and a 2-year relegation to the first division league without any promotion.

The club authority is unanimously agreed with the massive and lengthy punishments to culprits, but at the same time, they are worried about the future of the club and their innocent players and officials, especially the youngsters who are likely to represent the national side in the future.

A top Arambagh official also considered it as a warning for the fixers or corrupt people.

“We demand the punishments for culprits, but these were too massive for us. Can you say who wasn’t involved with match-fixing? Will they suffer heavily? We accept errors, we will appeal to Bangladesh Football Federation to reduce punishments,” Arambagh vice-president Azaz Mohammed Jahangir told The Daily Sun on Monday.

“It is an awful situation for us. We have eight young players from different age-level teams. We saw several names on the list. They played just one or two matches. I don’t know how they got involved here. We must think about their future. We will sit tonight (Monday) to fix what we should do and how we can do,” Azaz said.

Arambagh, which have been facing tough times since casino scandal in 2019, have formed a 34-member team in the ongoing domestic season. They picked up eight players from different age-level teams of the Bangladesh Football Federation. 

Defender Kazi Rahad Miah and midfielder Miraz Mollah are two among 20 guilty people. Rahad earlier played for U-19s and Miraz for U-17s. 

“I don’t know what I have done. I played only two or three matches for the team. I didn’t have any close relations with the club officials. I don’t know how my name came here. The parents got the news, they are depressed after hearing such a scandal. I don’t know what should I do next?” Miraz told The Daily Sun in a frustrating tone.

“I came to play in the premier league from U-19s due to my performance. Me and Miraz didn’t know anything about fixing or betting. How can we get involved with these? I can’t imagine what is happening with us,” Rahad said. 

The Motijheel based-club were set to be relegated from the BPL after finishing 12th out of 13 teams in the ongoing league and were supposed to play in the Bangladesh Championship League next season.

A club official informed that they may likely appeal to BFF to put them in BCL without any promotion for the next 2-year instead of the first division league. Also, the club may request the federation to reduce the amount of cash penalty considering their present financial condition.