Football Federation Australia Dir JACK REILLY "stood down" on Thursday "following the expiration of his third two-year term on the board," according to Dominic Bossi of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Reilly left his role as an independent director after six years at the helm "following the end of his most recent and last eligible term on June 20." The goalkeeper of Australia's 1974 World Cup debut "held one of the two appointed director roles and served on the FFA's finance and audit committee," the football development committee and was the head of delegation for Australia's 2011 World Cup campaign in Mexico. Under the FFA constitution, "the vacancy for an independent appointed director can be filled at any time at the discretion of the board, and it is understood the FFA has not found a potential candidate to fill Reilly's seat" (SMH, 8/9). In Sydney, Ray Gatt wrote FFA Chair FRANK LOWY paid tribute to Reilly, who was first appointed in '07, "for his contribution to the success of the sport since it was restructured" in '03. Lowy: "His business and finance background allowed him to make a broad contribution to FFA's governance structures. I know Jack will be a lifelong friend of football and I look forward to his continued support of FFA's mission to make football the biggest and most popular game in Australia." The board "could undergo further changes." Lowy is expected to step down after the 2015 Asian Cup finals in Australia, "and there are suggestions he has a succession plan in place." His son, Stephen, "has been mooted as a possibility" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 8/8).
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Former footballer and coach LUIS ALBERTO RUBIO has died of natural causes at age 84 in Bogotá, Colombia. Rubio, who played for Colombian side Santa Fe, played in 278 career games and later coached Santa Fe as well as Colombian clubs Millonarios and Once Caldas (AP, 8/7). ... ABDUL BASIT, 15, dreamt of becoming Pakistan's LIONEL MESSI, "but his ambitions died in a bomb attack that killed him and up to seven others at a four-a-side match" in Karachi, Pakistan. It was the latest assault on sport in a country that has hosted no top-level int'l matches "since militants attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in the eastern city of Lahore" in March '09 (AFP, 8/8). ... South Korean prosecutors on Thursday raided the office of Gwangju Mayor Kang Un-tae "as part of their investigation into a forgery scandal that has marred the country's first successful bid to host the 2019 world swimming championships" (YONHAP, 8/8). ... Former ManU and France striker LOUIS SAHA "has announced his retirement from football on his 35th birthday." He said on his official Twitter account, "Want to thank all managers, all staff, all team mates, all opponents, all fans, for all support and love towards me during my football career" (EUROSPORT, 8/8).
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