Kolkata, Mar 28 : The board of directors of Quess East Bengal FC on Thursday decided not to play in the Super Cup 2019 and pledged to hold the I-League clubs' alliance unite against participating in the tournament, being played in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
The directors of Quess East Bengal, who met in Bengaluru, unanimously decided not to take part in the Super Cup 2019.
“The Board of QEBFC met today and discussed the participation in the Super Cup Tournament. The East Bengal nominees on the Board suggested that since an alliance of clubs have already been formed, it would be unethical for us to come out of the alliance."
The final round of the Hero Super Cup will kick-off at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar from March 29 when Chennaiyin FC take on Mumbai City FC on the opening day at 8.30 pm.
The Hero Super Cup is an annual tournament which is played among the top 10 teams of the Hero I-League and the Hero Indian Super League.
All the matches of the final round will be played on a knock-out format. The penalty shoot-out will be enforced to decide the winner in case of both teams staying tied, despite 30 minutes of extra time.
“ The board (Quess East Bengal) also agreed to bid for ISL if the terms are financially acceptable. The East Bengal nominees mentioned that they would convey the decision to Executive Committee of the Club and discuss further," it added.
Eight I-League clubs unite and formed a platform and decided not to take part in the Super Cup due to the " unfair treatment meted out by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) towards them."
While the investors of the club, Quess Corp, ( Bengaleru) were in favour of boycotting the tournament, the club officials ( Kolkata) wanted to take part in the competition.