Nasser Al-Khelaifi, chairman of French Ligue 1 football club Paris Saint-Germain, has today (Wednesday) been elected as a representative in the Uefa Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee is the supreme executive body of football’s European governing body. It comprises Uefa president Aleksander Čeferin and 16 other members elected by a Uefa Congress, plus two elected by the European Club Association (ECA) and one by European leagues.
Al-Khelaifi will take up the second ECA seat on the committee alongside ECA chairman Andrea Agnelli. Al-Khelaifi will replace Ivan Gazidis, who last month became chief executive of Italian Serie A club AC Milan.
Gazidis became ineligible to serve on the Executive Committee when moving from English Premier League club Arsenal to AC Milan. Italian clubs are already represented on the committee by Agnelli, president of Juventus.
The decision, which was announced today by the ECA Executive Board, is subject to ratification from the Uefa Congress, which will meet on February 7 in Rome.
Al-Khelaifi said: “I am deeply honoured to have been elected by my fellow ECA Executive Board members to join the Uefa Executive Committee. I look forward to working alongside members of the Uefa Executive Committee to enhance and develop European football, whilst ensuring that the interests of all the clubs are represented in the decision making process.”
Al-Khelaifi also serves as the chairman of Qatar-owned beIN Media Group. In October 2017, the office of the Swiss Attorney General (OAG) confirmed that it had opened a criminal proceeding against former Fifa secretary general Jérôme Valcke and Al-Khelaifi in relation to the award of media rights for the World Cup national team tournament. Al-Khelaifi denied wrongdoing and travelled to Switzerland for questioning later that month.