The Asian Football Confederation has announced that general counsel and director of legal affairs Benoit Pasquier will leave his position at the end of the month.
Pasquier (pictured) has been in the role for nearly seven years, having joined from the legal team at world governing body Fifa in 2013. He is moving to Switzerland to set up a private legal practice.
The AFC said that he has been “instrumental in strengthening and modernising” its legal, governance and integrity functions, and that he would “continue to support the AFC and Asian football” in his private practice.
Andrew Mercer, the AFC’s deputy legal director, has been named as the acting legal director at the Kuala Lumpur-based body. Mercer has been with the AFC since 2017, and heads its Sports Legal Services Unit, which provides legal advice in disciplinary, regulatory and governance matters. He is a UK qualified lawyer who started his legal career in London. He joined Uefa in 2010, where he worked on commercial and disciplinary matters, financial fair play, club licensing and anti-doping.
Dato’ Windsor John, the AFC general secretary, said: “The AFC takes this opportunity to extend its sincere appreciation to Benoit Pasquier for his contribution to Asian football during his tenure and wish him all the best in his private practice.”
Another leading sports body began its search for a legal counsel recently as World Athletics, the sport’s international governing body, kicked off its recruitment process.