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Bagan likely to make players’ payments from today

Even as Mohun Bagan’s four Punjab recruits threatened to return home because they had not received any payment from the club, the High Court-appointed special officers scrambled to arrange for the money, and said on Tuesday that they hoped to start paying the players by Wednesday.

“The sponsors might seek our signatures on the requisition and that could delay the process. We have informed them that if needed we will sign,” Justice G.N. Ray, one of the special officers, said.

He added that they were negotiating with the sponsors, UB Group, over additional funds needed to sign Jose Ramirez Barreto. The signing of players would also be completed by Saturday.

Meanwhile, the warring factions came together at an informal meeting in a bid to restore normalcy at the club. Both parties decided to keep the players away from club politics. However, the ‘fighting spirit’ among the rival factions persisted and initially there was hardly any sensible talk possible.

The issue was of ego, with nobody able to decide who was going to moderate the debate. Sense prevailed later and a hasty ‘desicion’ was taken to save the day as the players relented too.

CLT table tennis

Krittwika Sinha Roy will meet Srijita Mukherjee in the nursery girls’ final of the CLT table tennis championships. In the cadet girls’ final, Priya Saha takes on Madhurima Das.

RESULTS (semi-finals)

Nursery girls: Krittwika Sinha Roy bt Chadni Ghosh 11-5, 11-5; Srijita Mukherjee bt Anushree Hazra 9-11, 11-8, 11-6. Cadet girls: Gargi Nag lost to Priya Saha 11-7, 6-11, 3-11, 11-5, 8-11; Madhurima Das bt Poulami Ghosh 11-2, 11-7, 5-11, 11-3.

TODAY IN SPORT

FOOTBALL: CFL, first division group A: City AC vs Sonali Shibir (Md. Sp.); George Telegraph vs Salkia Friends (Mohun Bagan); Kalighat vs Kidderpore (East Bengal). Matches from 3.30 pm.

TABLE TENNIS: CLT meet: Finals at CLT Auditorium, Gariahat from 4 pm.


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