Indian Super League franchise FC Goa will go into the third season of the tournament without their founding co-owners Srinivas V. Dempo and Dattaraj V. Salgaocar, who have exited the franchise in the interest of FC Goa as per a joint statement.
In the joint statement Mr. Dempo and Mr. Salgaocar said, “Our families have supported football for over five decades and it extended itself to our association in the ISL. We invested in ISL because of our passion and the love of the game. We wanted to place Goa as a key presence on the football map. We have created in FC Goa a team with the right spirit and culture and playing football in the highest traditions of the game. FC Goa is a brand that has united Goa.”
“The developments post the finals on December 20, 2016 have caused deep distress to us, our families, the FC Goa team and Goans in general. We have received a copy of the statement of Elano Blumer of Chennaiyin FC conveying his regrets over his actions that occurred post match on December 20th. In the interest of our innumerable fans and the team, with great sadness we have taken the painful decision to exit from FC Goa. We would like to thank FC Goa fans for their unconditional love and being us in good times and bad times and coming in such large numbers to the Fatorda stadium. We would also like thank all our F C Goa players, coach Zico and FC Goa staff and officials for their support, dedication and commitment and partaking in our vision. A special thanks to our co owners Virat Kohli and Venugopal Dhoot, the Government of Goa and our sponsors.”
“We are committed to football in the future and offer our fullest support in taking Indian football to greater heights. FORÇA Goa!”