ArmInfo. Head of the Football Federation of Armenia Artur Vanetsyan is responsible for the defeat of the Armenian national football team with a score of 9: 1. MP from the My Step faction, member of the FFA Executive Committee Aren Mkrtchyan announced this to journalists on November 19.
To recall, the day before, in the last round of the Euro 2020 qualifying round, the Armenian team lost in the away match to the Italian team with a score of 9: 1. <We consider unacceptable what has been going on in the FFA recently, and earlier our position regarding this was voiced at a closed meeting of the executive committee. This, in particular, concerns the attempt to appoint Abraham Khashmanyan as the head coach with a gross violation of the rules, as well as the match- fixing scheme revealed by the NSS (to which the FFA has not responded for 1.5 years)>, Mkrtchyan noted.
The MP noted that the executive committee had to approve Khashmanyan as head coach, as the situation developed in the conditions of deadlines. He recalled that only the head coach can form the national team, and earlier, due to this problem, the Armenian team was twice awarded a technical defeat. <We only had one day for this. For the sake of the national team, the executive committee unanimously voted for the candidacy of Khashmanyan>, he said.
<Of course, the head coach is responsible for the defeat of the national team, but he leads the team only the second game. All are guilty. Football players, coach, executive committee, FFA - all bear their share of responsibility. But head of the Football Federation of Armenia Arthur Vanetsyan is the1st responsible. That is the opinion of the Executive Committee. Vanetsyan must answer for the defeat with a score of 9: 1>, Mkrtchyan emphasized. Answering a question regarding his resignation from the post of head of the FFA, the deputy noted: "This issue is not on our agenda for now."