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Salgaocar, Dempo exit FC Goa

Founders and co-owners of FC Goa, Shrinivas V. Dempo and Dattaraj V. Salgaocar, have decided to exit the franchise, according to a statement from the ISL club here on Friday.

In their joint statement, Dempo and Salgaocar said a sense of “deep distress” following the developments post the December 20 ISL-2 final in Goa, had forced them to take the decision.

Salgaocar was involved in a brawl with Chennaiyin FC captain Elano Blumer following the match last year, which FC Goa lost 3-2. While Elano was arrested based on Salgaocar’s complaint and released subsequently, FC Goa was docked 15 points for Season-3, and the co-owners awarded suspensions and fined. The punishment is pending following an appeal.

“These developments have caused deep distress to us, our families, the FC Goa team and Goans in general. ,” the statement said. “It is with great sadness that we have taken the painful decision to exit from FC Goa.”

Both own about a 30 per cent stake each in FC Goa.

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