East Bengal FC suspended from the AIFF U17 Youth League for age fraud

East Bengal FC has been suspended from the AIFF U17 Youth League for alleged age fraud. Hence, United SC will move to the national league.

Update: 2024-03-01 14:45 GMT

East Bengal faces suspension in U-17 Youth League after age fraud scandal

East Bengal FC, on Friday, has been suspended from the AIFF U17 Youth League for an alleged age fraud, sources confirmed.

The team will also be stripped of their medals and titles for registering an over-aged player.

The allegation came to the light when East Bengal's rival Mohun Bagan lodged a complaint following its 0-4 loss in the 'junior Kolkata Derby' on December 16 last year.

Earlier this year, East Bengal was expected to get a heavy fine and a few points deduction by the AIFF for the age fraud. The final decision and the name of the overaged player have not been revealed yet.

East Bengal, placed in Group B, at the AIFF U-17 youth league topped its group with 25 points in 10 matches. The Red and Gold brigade was followed by Mohun Bagan, who has 22 points to its credit.

But, with the suspension order, United SC, who was placed third on the points table with 20 points, will get promotion to the next round, which is the national league, containing winners from different zones.

On the other hand, Muthoot Football Academy, placed in Group E, has also been banned as it fielded six overaged players. Due to this development, second-placed Kerala Blasters will directly qualify for the final stage.


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