LaLiga: Outspoken Spanish league president Javier Tebas set to join UEFA executive committee

Spanish league president Javier Tebas was picked by European Leagues, the 30-nation group said on Monday, as its delegate to sit on the decision-making committee.

The Associated Press April 12, 2021 22:45:31 IST
LaLiga: Outspoken Spanish league president Javier Tebas set to join UEFA executive committee

File image of Javier Tebas, the president of the Spanish LaLiga. AP Photo

Nyon: The outspoken head of Spain’s LaLiga is set to join UEFA’s executive committee next week, working alongside the Spanish football federation president he has often clashed with.

Spanish league president Javier Tebas was picked by European Leagues, the 30-nation group said on Monday, as its delegate to sit on the decision-making committee.

If Tebas is confirmed on 20 April at the annual meeting of 55 UEFA member federations, he will take his place alongside Luis Rubiales, the Spanish federation boss who is a vice president of the European football body.

Tebas and Rubiales have often publicly criticised each other, including over LaLiga’s wish to play games in the United States.

Tebas has also been critical of UEFA rules to monitor the spending of wealthy clubs like Paris Saint-Germain, whose president Nasser al-Khelaifi is also a UEFA executive committee member.

The European Leagues group has been represented at UEFA by Swedish official Lars-Christer Olsson. The former UEFA chief executive steps down next week after turning 70 and passing the age limit for re-election.

Tebas is set to get a four-year mandate to 2025. His tenure is likely to see increased pressure on 20-team leagues like LaLiga and England's Premier League to reduce to 16 or 18 to ease a congested fixture calendar.

The Champions League is set to expand to 36 teams playing 100 extra matches from 2024 in a format expected to be agreed next Monday by the UEFA executive committee.

Spain is also expected to team up with Portugal to be UEFA’s preferred single bidder to host the 2030 World Cup.

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