Abinash Ruidas will still have to wait to figure out his future in the 2017-18 season as AIFF Emergency Committee have ruled that the federation’s decision will be final but the decision will be taken by the AIFF Players Status Committee.According to AIFF statement, Ruidas in involved in a case with East Bengal wherein the former is asking to be left free to play in another state while the club representatives are saying that Ruidas is bound to play for them.East Bengal are laying claim on Ruidas based on the ‘token’ of the player they possess while Ruidas claims that the club forced him to sign on a blank paper are are now misusing it and forging his signature on the documents he’s unaware of.Indian Football Association, West Bengal (IFA), under whom East Bengal and their players come, earlier ruled that since East Bengal possessed the ‘token’ of Ruidas, the player was contracted with them. AIFF reviewed that ruling and since there was nothing on paper, they let Ruidas be a free player and he was a part of the Indian Super League draft where he was picked by Mumbai City FC. Now Mumbai City FC are asking for an NOC from East Bengal for Ruidas.As per the directions of the AIFF Special Committee, Emergency Committee met at AIFF Football House on August 3 to review the jurisdiction of the AIFF and State Association and to adjudicate the status of Ruidas in view of the dispute between him and East Bengal relating to validity or sustainability of the contract for the 2017-18 season.advertisementThe Committee reviewed the AIFF Constitution and AIFF regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players as well as various circulars issued by FIFA relating to the fundamentals of a contract to be entered between a club and a player.It also reviewed the decision of the IFA’s Players Status Committee as the Constitution of IFA stipulates that whichever Club is in possession of the token of a player has the ‘legal right’ of registering the player in the club for the forthcoming season.Based on the review of the above, the Special Committee decided as follows:1. The decision of the IFA dated July 28, 2017 relating to the legal rights of the player on the basis of the token cannot be sustained and/or enforced.2. AIFF is the authority to adjudicate the disputed subject issue in its entirety including the Status of the Player and/or whether there exists any valid and binding written contract, and whether there has been mandatory compliance of Articles 4.3 and 5 of the AIFF regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players.3. As per the AIFF Constitution and AIFF regulations for the Status and Transfer of players, the “Players Status Committee” of the AIFF is entrusted with exclusive powers to deal with and settle the ‘dispute’ as the status of the player and his contractual validity.4. Any other or further decision of the IFA relating to or arising out of the subject issue of Abinash Ruidas cannot be sustained/enforced.Accordingly to these decision by the Emergency Committee, the matter relating to validity of the contracts of the players, and Ruidas in particular, will be dealt by the AIFF Players Status Committee at a meeting to be summoned soon.