New Delhi: Indian Super League franchise Delhi Dynamos said that I-League side Bengaluru FC “wrongfully contacted” their star striker Robin Singh to join the pre-season camp as the club had no written agreement.
“Bengaluru FC wrongfully contacted our player without any written agreement for Robin Singh to join the pre-season camp, right after Delhi Dynamos’ semi-final’s 2nd leg match 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,” the Delhi Dynamos said in a statement.
The tussle came to light after Robin failed to return to Bengauluru FC as the I-League club claims Delhi Dynamos didn’t complete the formalities.
But Dynamos had a different take and claims that Robin is interested to join an international club side.
“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,” the Dynamos said.
“Robin Singh has shown us interest to be transferred to an international club, for which the club has contacted the clubs in Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia. A positive and interested response has been received from the clubs in Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavian clubs,” it added.
“Delhi Dynamos have never entered into any agreement with Bengaluru FC to release Robin Singh for any post-season/pre-season camp. Ideally any official football club should wait for a written agreement of transfer before contacting and taking a player from its parent club.”
The Dynamos further claimed that Bengaluru FC did not provide Robin with any insurance on joining the pre-season, nor did they provide him with a formal agreement for transfer.
The Dynamos also said that they are willing to go to the highest level against Bengaluru FC for such “unprofessional and negligent behaviour” towards their player.
“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,” it said.