Citing "Force Majeure" clause of contract, QUESS has decided not to pay the salary for the month of May to the East Bengal players.
According to Bengali daily Bartaman,
Quess ended its contract with all East Bengal footballers a month ahead of the schedule, which was decided to be May 31. Sanjit Sen, the CEO of club, informed the footballers by e-mail on Saturday evening on the instructions from the Quess Bangalore office.
This was followed by a strong reactions from Indian and foreign footballers in East Bengal. The media manager of of the club said that the contract was terminated by Quess on the grounds of "Force Majeure" clause of contract. The company's CEO did not pick up the phone in the usual manner to avoid any controversy.
According to Quess, the footballers will not have much of an advantage even if they go to FIFA due to the financial crisis caused by Corona. However, FIFA had told last week that footballers should accept a reduction of 20 to 30 per cent of their pay by clubs around the world from March to June. However, this was just a request and not an instruction.
However, according to PFA India, a member of the FIFPro the World Body for Players, no club can prematurely terminate contracts with players because of the pandemic. They tweeted:
In this context, East Bengal coach Mario said, "We are talking to the agents about the e-mail of Quess." It was decided, Quess would take up the responsibility of the club till May 31, after which the tie will see an end.