13:11 ~U 29.03.13

Closed sitting of the Executive Committee of Armenia's Football
Federation took place today after which AFF Chairman Ruben Hayrapetyan
gave a news conference.

Starting the news conference he said that he came to brief on what
happens in Armenia's football. He also said that the Executive
Committee has not accepted resignation of team's chief coach Vardan

Asked about the coach's decision and his rejection, Hayrapetyan said
each person loses his spirits and the resignation submitted by Minasyan
after 3 defeats is understandable. "I am the biggest critic.

I have put an issue but we failed. But still I think that it was not
Minasyan's fault. If he was not a hard working person and was not
accepted by football players I would have accepted his resignation.

But it was not his fault. The defeats in last three games have their
reasons," Hayrapetyan stressed.

Asked to comment on Minasyan's words before the match that Armenia's
team was not put an issue to go to Brazil, while the AFF chairman has
stated the opposite, Hayrapetyan said naturally the team should have
pursued such goal. "Under the influence of a moment he made incorrect
expressions, it is not peculiar to him. I would ask you not to adhere
to words. The team was facing the issue to reach the final," he said.

The chairman of the federation said there is no need of radical changes
in the sphere and it is necessary to wait until those with injuries
and those disqualified return and a good result will be achieved. "Of
course there are certain issues, but I promise we will solve them,"
he said.

Asked to comment on midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan's comment that some
football players of the team do not put heart and soul, Hayrapetyan
said he had no right to say so. "He was excited. After the match
1-2 football players behaved like clowns...Nevertheless, he had no
right to say so. Only me and Vardan Minasyan may say such things,"
the chairman of the Football Federation said.

Hayrapetyan also said that it is not real to win in the rest 6 games.

"The image of our team has been harmed. We should do everything
possible to restore our image. We must prove that our team is strong.

We must delight our people," he said.