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. 20 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.
“We demand the punishments for culprits, but these were too massive for us,” 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,” 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.
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.