Aizawl FC demand Rs 57 lakh remaining dues from AIFF after being fined for ‘crowd violence’

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Aizawl FC demand Rs 57 lakh remaining dues from AIFF after being fined for ‘crowd violence’

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Just a day after the AIFF disciplinary committee found Aizawl FC guilty of crowd violence, the club has asked the federation to pay them Rs 57 lakh towards outstanding dues since the 2015-16 season. An AIFF official, however, stated that all dues will be cleared by the end of the ongoing budgetary.

A five-member AIFF disciplinary committee have imposed a fine of Rs 3 lakh on the defending I-League champions for their local crowd violence during their home match against Mohun Bagan on January 25. The committee also asked the Mizoram club to submit the fine before their match against Indian Arrows on February 23. However, club president Robert Royte, who attended the meeting, launched a scathing attack on the board and claimed that the All India Football Federation owed them Rs 57 lakh outstanding fees.

“The AIFF owes us Rs 57 lakh that includes runners-up prize money of the 2015-16 Federation Cup, some Man of the Matches awards and travelling allowances. As an owner and president of the club, I demand that the AIFF should also clear the pending dues. Then we will see how to pay the fine. Regarding the quantum and amount of the fine, I’ve to discuss with my colleagues whether we will go for an appeal or not. We have to follow the rules,” Royte told a news conference, reported the Indian Express. 

However, the club president also added that they would submit an undertaking to the national federation and the club will be more responsible for the safety and peace at the stadium and whatever needed to avoid closed-door match in Aizawl.

“That will be done. I’m sure that improvement will be there from the government and club’s side. It’s a big lesson for the fans of Aizawl. Let us hope the AIFF will agree with the new arrangement. Safety will be ensured for the visiting teams and fans and even for the home fans,” he said.

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