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Another blow to United SC

Calcutta: Crippled by their never-ending financial crisis because of lack of sponsors, United SC are dealt another blow.

Failing to register the required number of players within the stipulated time, they will not be able to take part in this season’s CFL Premier Division Championship Round.

With United SC out, the competition will now feature 11 teams instead of 12. The start of the championship round has been postponed as well from August 3 to August 10. Kingfisher East Bengal will take on Mohammedan Sporting in the opener, at the Salt Lake Stadium.

A release from the IFA on Thursday stated: “In view of United SC not having registered the required number of players within deadline, the championship round of CFL Premier Division will be played with 11 teams instead of 12... The league, which was scheduled to begin from August 3, will now get underway from August 10.”

United SC, though, will make one last request to IFA on Friday, said club secretary Alokesh Kundu. “Some weeks ago, we had verbally requested the IFA secretary to consider our case because of the prevailing circumstances.

“We’ll talk to him again tomorrow and request him to reconsider, given the situation we’re going through. There’s nothing else we can do at the moment.”