East Bengal has been in turmoil regarding their ownership. After Quess Corp parted ways with East Bengal in June 2020, Shree Cement came on board as the new investor as East Bengal made its debut in the Indian Super League last season.
But recently, there have been few problems between East Bengal and Shree Cement and their ISL participation has been in jeopardy. The fans gathered around the club to protest as the future of the club in ISL is in doubt.
However, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has now assured the fans that East Bengal will play in the next season of ISL.
Mamata Banerjee told, via Goal: “I want East Bengal to play in ISL. There are talks going on related to the contract (final agreement) and as per information, East Bengal will play in the ISL. Last time, I had to interfere. I had no other option because Mohun Bagan was already in the ISL and I had to make sure another club from West Bengal played there.”
“This time too, I will request all parties to negotiate and everything will be okay. Taking responsibility for five years is also not a joke. The investor has to spend close to INR 50 crores. Last time we had convinced them to come and invest in the club. The little differences will be solved and I hope very soon the East Bengal fans will have a smile on their faces and the club will play in the ISL.”
West Bengal CM has previously helped East Bengal to get a new investor in 2020 and made it possible for them to play in ISL. She has once again come forward in support of the club to help them represent West Bengal in Indian football along with ATK Mohun Bagan.