FIFA, the global governing body of football, has handed a transfer ban to East Bengal FC for non-payment of dues to Omid Singh. The Iranian footballer of Indian origin had signed a contract with EBFC way back in 2020, but reportedly, the club backed out at the last minute entitling Singh to an undisclosed fee as per his contract and FIFA statutes.
The AIFF distributed a circular to all Member Associations intimating them about the ban on East Bengal FC from registering new players from January 1, 2023.
The ban throws a spanner in the works as East Bengal FC attempt to sign English winger Jake Jervis in the winter transfer window. They are imminently expected to clear Omid Singh’s dues in order to revoke the ban and enable them to sign Jervis.