The PFA is aware of media reports and speculation in relation to Erik Paartalu’s absence from Indian Super League club Bengaluru FC’s pre-season training camp and wishes to clarify the situation.
Erik remains a contracted player of Bengaluru FC and is committed to fulfilling his obligations in that respect. Disappointingly, the club is currently excluding him from training and ignoring his repeated requests for arrangements to be made for his return. Accordingly, any suggestion that Erik has simply not reported for training, or that he is purposefully absent, is incorrect. The club has been reminded that it is Erik’s fundamental right as a professional footballer that he be given access to training and the opportunity to compete in official matches with his teammates.
Erik has been a loyal and valuable member of the club for several years and is disappointed with his current treatment by the club.

The PFA will continue to support Erik during this difficult period as we work towards his reinstatement.