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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge appointed to UEFA Executive Committee

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On Tuesday, FC Bayern München AG CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was appointed to the UEFA Executive Committee as representative of the European Club Association (ECA) by acclamation in Montreux. Rummenigge’s term of office runs until 2024 and he succeeds Andrea Agnelli. The Juventus chairman had vacated the post due to the upheaval of the plans for a Super League, which he had been instrumental in promoting.

Rummenigge was previously a member of the UEFA Executive Committee from 2016 to 2017, and was chairman of the ECA from 2008 to 2017. Under his leadership, the ECA achieved a number of cooperations with UEFA and FIFA, including compensation for players called up for their national teams or global insurance in the event of injuries to players while on national team duty.

Rummenigge explained: “Becoming a member of the UEFA Executive Committee was no longer in my life plan. However, in a critical situation for European football and its national leagues that has arisen overnight, many members of the ECA and especially UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin have now asked me personally for support.

I owe a lot to football. I played for 15 years at the highest level and have now been at management level with FC Bayern for 30 years. I love football and I also feel responsible, so it’s a matter of course for me to help European club football and UEFA to maintain our competitive structures in Europe. Especially in these difficult, deprived times of coronavirus, it’s important that the football family stands and stays together in solidarity. I was and am a friend of dialogue and would like to mediate between UEFA and the 12 renegade clubs.”

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