FIFA slaps transfer ban on Saif SC

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:37, May 02,2020


World football’s governing body FIFA imposed a transfer ban on Bangladesh Premier League outfit Saif Sporting Club Limited after the club failed to pay their dues to three foreign players within FIFA’s deadline.

Bangladesh Football Federation’s head of competition Zaber Bin Taher Ansari confirmed the matter on Saturday, adding that the decision was automatically imposed on the club once it failed to comply with FIFA directives.

In response to complaints lodged in 2017 by Slovakian midfielder Macko Viliam, Montenegro forward Sava Gardasevic and Serbian defender Goran Obradovic, the FIFA disciplinary committee in its verdict penalised Saif SC on three different categories.

The FIFA issued letters to Saif SC on March 13, 14 and 23 asking them to pay $4,000 to each of the three players as outstanding remuneration and pay a compensation of $32,500 to Viliam, $40,000 to Gardasevic and $21,000 to Obradovic.

The FIFA also ordered Saif SC to credit a sum of Swedish Krona 15,000 [CHF 5,000 for each case] to them as fines.

But Saif SC failed to pay the dues, which resulted in them receiving a transfer ban from the BFF for an indefinite period as per FIFA guidelines.

‘We did not need to do anything for transfer ban. It was automatically imposed on them as per FIFA’s verdict…they signed contracts with those players but did not register. Those players lodged complaints to FIFA and the FIFA gave the verdicts in their favour,’ said Zaber.

The FIFA verdict, which was provided by the BFF, says, ‘If the payment is not made to the creditors and proof of such a payment is not provided to the secretariat to the FIFA disciplinary committee and to the Bangladesh Football Federation by the deadline stipulated by FIFA, a ban from registering new players, either nationally or internationally, will be imposed on the Debtor [Saif SC Ltd]. Once the deadline has expired, the transfer ban will be implemented automatically.’

Saif SC secretary Mahbubur Rahman Sumon informed that the club contracted those three players but did not register them for the league before releasing.

‘We could not maintain the FIFA’s deadline due to coronavirus situation. We will see the matter when everything becomes normal,’ said Sumon, who was unwilling to make further comments on this issue.

Saif are currently in fifth position in the BPL with 12 points from six matches. The BFF last month suspended the league for an indefinite period due to global coronavirus pandemic.

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