Adhering to Asian Football Confederation (AFC) regulations, liquor baron Vijay Mallya has resigned as the director of the Mohun Bagan football club but remains the chairman of East Bengal.
Mallya's decision to quit was taken at Mohun Bagan's December 16 board meeting in Kolkata. Prince Rufus, operations manager of Mohun Bagan, said in a statement that Sidhartha Mallya has been appointed as an additional director of the club.
"Vijay Mallya has resigned from his post as a Director and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Mohun Bagan Football Team Pvt. Ltd. His resignation has been accepted by the Board of Directors of the Company in a meeting held on 16th December 2010 at Kolkata," the statement said.
An All India Football Federation (AIFF) official said that Mallya had to resign as he was heading both Mohun Bagan and East Bengal and AFC was against "cross-ownership" of clubs in a professional league.
Beckham to secure loan to European club
London: David Beckham says he still hopes to join a European club on loan during the Major League Soccer offseason. The 35-year-old midfielder has spent the last two winters at AC Milan but the Los Angeles Galaxy is reluctant to send him out on loan again after he injured an Achilles' tendon in Italy in March. Beckham had previously said he was focused on returning to full fitness rather than seeking another loan move.
But while ruling out a return to Milan, Beckham now says he hopes to "be going back somewhere" before the new MLS season starts in March.