The 123-year-old Mohammedan Sporting Club in Kolkata has decided to shut down due to financial crisis. Football fans, via Twitter, mourned a 'sad', 'gloomy' day in Indian football after hearing this news.
According to media reports today, the working committee took a decision on Saturday (October 18) to disband the club.
Founded in 1891, Mohammedan Sporting Club is one of the oldest clubs in India. The players had not received their salaries for the last three months, according to reports.
The club's last major titles came in 2013 when it won the Durand Cup and IFA Shield.
Here are some of the reactions, on Twitter.
A gloomy day for #Indianfootball, one of the country's oldest clubs, Mohammedan Sporting has decided to shut its doors.— Suromitro Basu (@Suromitro) October 20, 2014
Kolkata's Mohammedan Sporting club decides to shut shop. Have fond memories of watching them play at Calicut for the Sait Nagji Trophy.— Sathya Pandalai (@spandalai) October 20, 2014
Mohammedan Sporting Club shutting down because of bankruptcy is among the more tragic stories of the year...— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 20, 2014
A big loss to the football fraternity and the Kolkata Maidan as Mohammedan Sporting decides to shut shop for financial reasons— Abhimanyu (@abhimanyusen) October 20, 2014
Sad abt Mohammedan Sporting winding up. Thru the 60s & 70s it was one of the Top 3 clubs in India. Remember the sublime skills of Latifuddin— sundeepkhanna (@sundeepkk) October 20, 2014
They said it's the birth of a footballing nation and one of the oldest clubs Mohammedan Sporting FC is shutting shop! #Irony— Dude from the 90s (@BhaskarNh) October 20, 2014
Mohammedan Sporting to quit? A 120 year old establishment, a fan base club taking of their team! A sad day indeed!— Sabyasachi (@Sabya_C) October 19, 2014
The darkest day for Indian football, 123 years old Mohammedan Sporting Club is disbanding their football team. #WelldoneAIFF— Home Indian Football (@homeindiafootie) October 19, 2014