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EB set to get a walkover

Calcutta: Prayag United SC, on Monday, have decided to give a walkover to Kingfisher East Bengal ahead of their Calcutta Football League Premier Division clash, which was supposed to be held on Tuesday at the Salt Lake Stadium.

With most of their key players currently in Pune, preparing for Saturday’s I-League encounter against Mumbai FC, it prompted United SC not to play Tuesday’s match. “Besides this reason, we had requested the Indian Football Association (IFA) to re-schedule the match either on January 21 or 22. Since they didn’t re-schedule the match, there was no other option barring giving a walkover.

“We could certainly have prolonged this issue, but we chose not to since it would only stall the proceedings of the CFL. In any case, our team is through to the main round of tournament,” a senior official of United SC said.

The IFA, on the other hand, will pass the matter over to the league sub-committee for a final decision on the game. “There’s no such thing as walkover as per the CFL rules. We know that United SC will not play tomorrow. So we’ve duly passed the matter over to the CFL sub-committee,” said IFA secretary Utpal Ganguli.