2nd leg Kolkata Derby to be shifted out of Kolkata?
Last Updated 11:54 AM 4th February 2020 .
One more controversy to start the day with, for the East Bengal fans, as it has become a routine now for this season, which the Red and Gold faithful would want to end at the earliest!
Recent developments have led to a new rumour about the 2nd leg Kolkata Derby in the I-League to be shifted out of Kolkata as the State Government has been asking high surged fees from the Quess East Bengal FC management to lease Salt Lake Stadium for the game!
The sports minister earlier in the season declared that Quess East Bengal FC is a corporate team and would need to pay a surged fee if they were to avail the Salt Lake Stadium facilities. The matches were moved out to Kalyani Stadium hence.
The management had then assured that they would be playing “Home” the Kolkata Derby at the Salt Lake Stadium but now with the corporate entity almost likely to end their ties with the club, they aren’t willing to spend the huge amount (approx. 30 lakhs) for a single game. The club officials also had a meeting with Sports minister of West Bengal, Mr. Arup Biswas about possible subsidisation of the fees.
Yesterday East Bengal executive committee member Debabrata Sarkar said, “I heard Mohun Bagan were charged just 15 thousand to organise their home derby. Then why is not the same being applicable to East Bengal. We want to organise all our matches at the Salt Lake Stadium but the stadium management isn’t cooperating with the East Bengal management.”
He also added, “I heard some other team (ref. Mohun Bagan) does not have the budget to organise a game at the Salt Lake Stadium and had to shift their matches to Kalyani. In order to keep their fans happy the stadium management has been charging Quess East Bengal FC exuberant fees so that they too are forced to go and play at Kalyani.”
If things don’t work out, Quess East Bengal FC might really shift their home derby out of Kolkata and a possible rumoured venue is thought to be Cuttack.