INDIAN & INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL NEWS - JUNE : 2015

Sepp Blatter quits from the post of FIFA President after 17 years

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Sepp Blatter resign from FIFA president Sepp Blatter quits from the post of FIFA President following the corruption scandal which occurred some days back. In a Press meeting at the FIFA headquarters at Zurich Blatters declares that he desires to resign from the post after a tenure of 17 years. Sepp Blatter was reelected as the President despite a corruption case where seven high officials of FIFA was arrested by the Swiss police. A criminal investigation by Swiss police authorities into how the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were allocated is under way.

While addressing the media meeting Blatter said "I am very much linked to Fifa and its interests. Those interests are dear to me and this is why I am taking this decision," "What counts most to me is the institute of FIFA and football around the world."

Sepp Blaters statement in the Press Conference as per twitter BBC news :

I have been reflecting deeply about my presidency and about the 40 years in which my life has been inextricably bound to FIFA and the great sport of football. I cherish FIFA more than anything and I want to do only what is best for Fifa and for football. I felt compelled to stand for re-election, as I believed that this was the best thing for the organisation. That election is over but Fifa's challenges are not. Fifa needs a profound overhaul.

While I have a mandate from the membership of FIFA, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football - the fans, the players, the clubs, the people who live, breathe and love football as much as we all do at FIFA. Therefore, I have decided to lay down my mandate at an extraordinary elective Congress. I will continue to exercise my functions as FIFA President until that election. The next ordinary FIFA Congress will take place on 13 May 2016 in Mexico City. This would create unnecessary delay and I will urge the Executive Committee to organise an Extraordinary Congress for the election of my successor at the earliest opportunity. This will need to be done in line with Fifa's statutes and we must allow enough time for the best candidates to present themselves and to campaign. Since I shall not be a candidate, and am therefore now free from the constraints that elections inevitably impose, I shall be able to focus on driving far-reaching, fundamental reforms that transcend our previous efforts.

For years, we have worked hard to put in place administrative reforms, but it is plain to me that while these must continue, they are not enough. The Executive Committee includes representatives of confederations over whom we have no control, but for whose actions Fifa is held responsible. We need deep-rooted structural change. The size of the Executive Committee must be reduced and its members should be elected through the Fifa Congress. The integrity checks for all Executive Committee members must be organised centrally through FIFA and not through the confederations. We need term limits not only for the president but for all members of the Executive Committee. I have fought for these changes before and, as everyone knows, my efforts have been blocked.

This time, I will succeed. I cannot do this alone. I have asked Domenico Scala to oversee the introduction and implementation of these and other measures. Mr Scala is the Independent Chairman of our Audit and Compliance Committee elected by the Fifa Congress. He is also the Chairman of the ad hoc Electoral Committee and, as such, he will oversee the election of my successor. Mr Scala enjoys the confidence of a wide range of constituents within and outside of Fifa and has all the knowledge and experience necessary to help tackle these major reforms. It is my deep care for Fifa and its interests, which I hold very dear, that has led me to take this decision. I would like to thank those who have always supported me in a constructive and loyal manner as President of Fifa and who have done so much for the game that we all love. What matters to me more than anything is that when all of this is over, football is the winner.

Lyngdoh shines at BFC Awards Night

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Lyngdoh shines at BFC Awards Night BFC Media Release : Midfielder Bags Two Awards As Fans and Teammates Vote Him The Best This Season; Rino Gets Goal Of The Season Gong. Midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh was the toast of the Bengaluru FC Awards Night when he bagged both, the Fans' Player of the Year as well as the Players' Player of the Year awards as the Blues recognised and rewarded the team for what was a second successful season at hotel JW Marriott, in Bengaluru, on Monday.

Rino Anto's 70-yard sprint into the Sporting Clube de Goa box before meeting Sean Rooney's lay off and scoring, won the right-back the Goal of the Year gong while Sunil Chhetri made it two in two seasons ending top scorer of the year with 11 goals.

Lyngdoh shines at BFC Awards Night Now an annual affair, the BFC Awards Night was attended by Sajjan Jindal, Chairman and Managing Director of the JSW Group, Sangita Jindal, Parth Jindal, CEO of Bengaluru FC along with families of the players and staff. Billiards and snooker ace, Pankaj Advani, former athlete Reeth Abraham, former India cricketer Sunil Joshi and minister for higher education and tourism, RV Deshpande were among the many guests for the night.

Bengaluru FC's focus on a strong academy set up saw the club recognise striker Akshay Kumar as the Under-19 Player of the Year.

Lyngdoh, who capped an outstanding debut season for the Blues with 8 goals and 16 assists, garnered an excess of 20,000 votes on the club's online poll that let fans make their choice. His teammates too backed his performances with votes enough to land him his second accolade of the night. 'It's been a pleasure, my first year at BFC, and everything I am able to do is because of my teammates and the fans. The fact that they think I am worthy of this award makes it even more special. I hope to have many successful seasons at this club and cannot thank Ashley Westwood and Pradhyum Reddy for the chance they have handed me,' said Lyngdoh on picking up his awards.

Multilingual singer Natalie Di Luccio and her band made for entertainment on a night that was peppered with speeches, players exercising their vocal chords courtesy impromptu requests and a vow from the Blues to leave no stone unturned in their quest to bring the I-League title that they narrowly missed out on, back to Bengaluru.