Indian Super League franchise Delhi Dynamos has brought out a detailed statement to clear the air over reported misunderstandings between them and I-League side Bengaluru FC over the contract of Indian star forward Robin Singh.
According to a report published by Goal, Delhi Dynamos allegedly refused to sign an agreement with the I-League side over the transfer of Robin. Bengaluru FC have also claimed that while Chennaiyin FC and Mumbai City FC agreed to sign the agreement over the loan moves involving Thoi Singh and Sunil Chhetri, the ISL side from the national capital failed to do so.
"We have sent them [Delhi Dynamos] countless mails on the subject, but they didn't respond," Mandar Tamhane, the chief Technical officer of BFC. "We even marked the ISL officials in our communication but Delhi Dynamos chose not to reply."
The ISL side, meanwhile, have responded to the allegations and have hit back at the I-League club, saying that BFC have "breached FIFA norms", and their behaviour has been "unprofessional and negligent." Dynamos also mentioned that Robin was keen on moving to an international club to further his career.
Here is the detailed statement released by Delhi Dynamos on Robin Singh and Bengaluru FC:
"1. Bengaluru FC wrongfully contacted our player without any written agreement for Robin Singh to join the preseason camp, right after Delhi Dynamos' semifinal's 2nd Leg against FC Goa in Goa on the 16th of December. The same was done without any prior notice or any intimation to our club Delhi Dynamos.
2. Robin Singh is a Delhi Dynamos FC player and DDFC as a club gives utmost importance towards the future and fitness of our players, and commercial aspects of loaning players is the least of our concerns. Robin was and is more interested in joining an international club, so we had to wait to explore the best possibility for him, as a player can be loaned only once in a single FIFA transfer window.
3. Robin Singh has shown interest to be transferred to an international club, for which the club has contacted clubs in Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia. A positive and interested response has been received from the clubs in Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia.
4. Delhi Dynamos never entered into any agreement with Bengaluru FC to release Robin Singh for any postseason/preseason camp. Ideally any official football club should wait for a written agreement of transfer before contacting and taking a player from its parent club.
5. Bengaluru FC did not provide Robin Singh with any insurance on joining preseason, nor did they provide him with a formal agreement for transfer. Neither did they follow into any agreement with DDFC for such matter.
6. There was communication by Bengaluru FC to AIFF that Robin Singh will be late to join the national camp without consulting from the parent club Delhi Dynamos FC.
7. Robin Singh mentioned Delhi Dynamos FC that Bengaluru FC had told him that if he doesn't join them for preseason, he will miss his only chance to play for Bengaluru FC in 2016.
8. Bengaluru FC had no consideration towards the player, as is known Robin Singh has suffered an unfortunate injury during the SAFF Cup. In the absence of an insurance before releasing Singh to the national camp, it's a great setback to the player and Delhi Dynamos.
9. DDFC is willing to go to the highest level against Bengaluru FC for such unprofessional and negligent behaviour towards our player Robin Singh and Delhi Dynamos FC. Bengaluru FC has clearly breached FIFA norms. We would like to resolve this in the utmost professional mannerism and make sure such an incident is never repeated by any club."