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Kings withdraw from Federation Cup

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 24th December, 2021 10:08:10 PM
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Defending champions Bashundhara Kings withdrew their name from the Bashundhara Group Federation Cup 2021 after the Bangladesh Football Federation overlooked their request to shift the tournament venue - the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Shipahi Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.      

The club also brought charges of ‘serious violation’ against the BFF who made several changes in the final format and fixture of the competition which was published on Thursday.

Bashundhara Kings President Imrul Hassan, who is also the first vice-president of the BFF, confirmed to The Daily Sun on Friday that they officially sent a letter to the federation informing these issues and about their withdrawal.

Kings wrote in the letter: “Bashundhara Kings received your letter and final fixture format of Federation Cup 2021. We have identified that earlier issued BFF Draft Fixture Format of Federation Cup 2021 (Corrected) via letter reference 4066(12)/BFF-Federation Cup/2021 issued one 22 December 2021, had quarter-final fixtures between Group LXI and LIX whereas the other quarter-final  fixtures between Group IXL and XLI.

“But in the final format, BFF changed the format and made the quarter-final fixtures between Group A and B and then C and D. This is a serious violation to the fixtures presented to clubs as a draft and finally published. We as a club will not be overlooking this issue and additionally, we have informed earlier that we will not participate in the Federation Cup if matches are held in Bir Shrestha Shaheed Shipahi Mostafa Kamal Stadium, Kamalapur, Dhaka.

“We therefore through this letter want to inform you that Bashundhara Kings will not participate in Federation Cup 2021 for two reasons. At first, Bangladesh Football Federation is not acting with integrity to maintain the fixture of the competition, they are changing and doing mistakes several times with the fixture format to give extra advantages to other clubs and secondly Bir Shrestha Shaheed Shipahi Mostafa Kamal Stadium is not qualified to run professional level of football competition.”

Meanwhile, another Bangladesh Premier League team Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra also withdrew from the tournament citing the same venue issue.

The BFF senior vice-president and professional football league committee chairman Abdus Salam Murshedy informed that they would change the fixture format as per the suggestion but they can’t change the venue at the eleventh hour.    

“We have brought changes in fixture format because I think that the club was right on their stands. But we can’t change the venue at this moment, because we don’t have any option. It will be our last professional competition in this turf,” he said.

The BFF made changes in fixture format on Friday night but the clubs were still on their decision till the report was filed.

In the tournament fixtures, Kings are scheduled to play against Swadhinata Krira Sangha in their Group A opener while Dhaka Abahani Limited are scheduled to face Uttar Baridhara Club in a Group B match today.