FA Chair DAVID BERNSTEIN "will be forced to stand down" next May after the FA Council refused to make an exception to its rules to allow him to keep his post beyond his 70th birthday, according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. The former Man City chairman had hoped to stay on until after the 2014 World Cup "to complete his three-year term limit." Although the move was backed by the FA Board, a "close vote" went against Bernstein at the FA Council on the basis it would be "inappropriate to change known and agreed rules on an individual basis." Bernstein said, "I respect the decision, and I remain committed to fulfilling my responsibilities and to building on what we have achieved over the past two years." The decision means the FA "will be looking to appoint" a new chairman in May, the same month it is scheduled to host the Champions League final at Wembley and the UEFA Congress. It is hosting both events as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations (GUARDIAN, 10/17).
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England & Wales Cricket Board Head of England Development Programme SIMON TIMSON has been appointed to mastermind the elite performance system for Britain's top athletes in the run-up to the Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Games. Timson succeeds PETER KEEN as U.K. Sport's performance director in January (PA, 10/17). ... French Handball Federation (FFBH) President JOEL DELPLANQUE was re-elected for another term. Delplanque has held the post since '08 and will now be running the federation until '17 (L'EQUIPE, 10/13). ... The Bangladesh Cricket Board appointed ruling party lawmaker NAZMUL HASAN as its president. Nazmul replaces AHM MUSTAFA KAMAL, who was recently appointed Int'l Cricket Council vice president for '12-14, a position that required him "to relinquish his BCB post" (REUTERS, 10/17). ... Korea Football Association Chair CHO CHUNG-YUN said that "he will step down from his post when his current term ends in January." The 66-year-old took on the position in Jan. '09 (YONHAP NEWS, 10/17).
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The Asian Football Confederation acting President ZHANG JILONG has criticized former President MOHAMED BIN HAMMAM "for attempting to derail an investigation" into his alleged financial wrongdoing through the use of "intimidation" (REUTERS, 10/17). ... World No. 2 TIGER WOODS and world No. 1 RORY MCILROY will return to the UAE in January, as both have been confirmed for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship (THE NATIONAL, 10/17). ... Supporters of Russia’s only F1 driver, VITALY PETROV, have written an open letter to the country’s president. In the letter, they ask President VLADIMIR PUTIN to "find sponsors for the driver" so he can remain in F1 (RT.com, 10/16). ... Italian footballer SIMONE FARINA, who earlier this year became a FIFA ambassador for fair play, has been appointed as a community coach by EPL club Aston Villa (FIFA).
The Daily Mirror's John Cross: "Groundhog day back in National Stadium, Warsaw. Hoping to see a match this time. Roof shut, teams warming up, no puddles."
The Guardian's David Conn: "Inevitable with David Bernstein being only 70 that the FA Council wouldn't want a youngster sticking around much longer and tiring them out."
The Sunday Times' David Walsh: "I know of one sponsor who knew everything, even talked doping with LA. Saw a line the other day that he was reviewing situation. #hypocrite"
ESPN's Kristi Dosh: "NFL tells me UK game sells more merch on game day than any other event on the UK's calendar."
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