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Sport, interrupted: A Bengaluru football club faces uncertainty

The Covid-19 pandemic hasn't just stopped sporting competition, it has brought the sporting economy to a shuddering halt. In India, the lockdown and its longer-term implications threaten the future of clubs, academies, leagues, support staff, all the people who help move the wheels of sport. In this series, ESPN will look across the sporting ecosystem, from the big clubs to the neighbourhood academies, to see how they've been affected.

FC Bengaluru United (FCBU) were in the top four In their I-League...

Sunil Chhetri, IM Vijayan and an evening of Indian football nostalgia

On May 10, Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri pulled off the near impossible -- he got former striker (and generally reticent ) IM Vijayan to do a lengthy Instagram chat, discussing the latter's stellar career for club and country.

While Chhetri started his career with Mohun Bagan in 2002, Vijayan played his last international the following year, and both players expressed regret at not getting to play with each other during Sunday's chat. Here are the most interesting talking points from the...

AIFF panel proposes 3 + 1 foreigner rule for ISL, I-League from 2021

The 3 (Foreigners) + 1 (Asian) recruit rule should be applicable to all Indian domestic league competitions after the 2021 season onwards, the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) technical committee has unanimously recommended.

This rule would mean that a maximum of four foreigners (one of whom must be Asian) can take to the field as opposed to the five foreigners (continent no bar) that current regulations allow in Indian competitions.

This new recommendation is in line with current Asian Football...

Sunil Chhetri was a luxury No. 10 when he came to Bengaluru FC: Ashley Westwood

Former Bengaluru FC (BFC) coach Ashley Westwood has said that Sunil Chhetri was a "luxury No. 10" who had "never been told of his responsibilities" when he first signed for the club in 2013-14. He revealed that Chhetri's fitness levels weren't good enough to start in his first eligible game for the club and he came on only as a substitute.

Speaking on the Injury Time podcast, Westwood felt that when Chhetri came to BFC from Sporting Clube de Portugal B, his physical condition wasn't good enough....

East Bengal to terminate player, staff contracts

I-League club East Bengal have sought to terminate the contracts of some of their players and support staff, citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the resultant cancellation of the remaining matches for the 2019-20 season. Some players have also told the Football Players' Association of India (FPAI), which is led by Renedy Singh, that they have been asked to take pay cuts of up to 50 per cent ahead of the next season to retain their place in the squad.

The situation is further complicated...