Indian Super League team FC Pune City has rebuffed the media reports that the club released its players after failing to pay their salaries on time.
FC Pune City on Monday dismissed the media reports claiming that the club had released its players courtesy of delays in the salary payment.
“The fact is that in the entire season we have never had a situation where players’ salary has been delayed for more than 20 days. As a matter of fact, sometimes we have also paid 10 days in advance. So whatever has been reported is untrue,” the football club’s president Gaurav Modwel informed sports media Sportstar.
This is to clarify that FC Pune City is not releasing any of it's signed players and we shall be participating in the upcoming Hero Super Cup.
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He also informed that the squad, including the foreign players, will return in Pune for the Super Cup whereas youngsters like Rohit Kumar, Mohammad Yasir, and Anuj Kumar will be provided with chances to play in the knockout tournament.
Defensive anchor Adil Khan informed that he had not received any official word from the football club in regards to the issue. He also said that he will return to training next week. “I’m officially still a part of the club.
I haven’t received any notice that we’re shutting down or that we’ve been released. My contract is valid for another 3 months & I will be playing the Super Cup,” he said. Speaking about the delays in salaries, Khan commented that the players’ salaries were delayed.
A spectacular goal from Adil Khan capped off a glorious #MahaDerby win
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“But it wasn’t that we did not get our salaries. The players know that we are going through a financial issue. It has never happened before. I have played in Indian football for the past ten years and this is not a new phenomenon or a big issue. At least for me,” he later added.
Elsewhere, striker Robin Singh informed that he was shocked by the reports of the players being released. He immediately reached out to Modwel to discuss on the matter.”I read the story on the internet & the first thing I did was call up Gaurav. I asked him what this was about & he replied there was nothing to worry about and that we would be playing the Super Cup.
”We’ve unfortunately not made it to the playoffs. But this is a moment to get back to the drawing board & prepare well for the Super Cup,” he said.”We all want to play & club wants us to play & that is the truth. I am back in Pune day after tomorrow because I want to start training again.”