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Koch to assume Uefa ExCo role, Le Graët set for Fifa Council position

Rainer Koch speaks at the DFB Bundestag 2019 at Messe Frankfurt (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)

Germany’s Rainer Koch is set to be appointed to the Uefa Executive Committee for a one-year term, while France’s Noël Le Graët has been confirmed as the only candidate for the position of European member of the Fifa Council following the resignation of Reinhard Grindel from both positions.

Grindel formerly served as president of the German Football Association (DFB) but tendered his resignation as president last April after coming under increasing pressure following allegations of undeclared earnings, the receipt of a luxury watch and general unhappiness at his leadership. He resigned from his Uefa and Fifa roles later that month.

Koch (pictured) and fellow DFB vice-president Reinhard Rauball led the body on an interim basis until SC Freiburg president Fritz Keller was named as Grindel’s successor. Koch is now set to be elected as Grindel’s replacement on the Uefa ExCo during the 44th Ordinary Uefa Congress on March 3 in Amsterdam. He will serve a one-year term.

Uefa also confirmed today (Wednesday) that Le Graët was the only candidate for the European member position on the Fifa Council. Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation (FFF), is set to be elected for a three-year term during March’s Congress meeting after passing the eligibility check carried out by Fifa.

The DFB had previously announced that Koch would not run for Grindel’s seat on the Fifa Council, paving the way for Le Graët to assume the role. Koch said the decision was taken with a view to the “Franco-German friendship and respect for Noël Le Graët and his services to football”.

The Uefa ExCo comprises president Aleksander Čeferin and 16 other members elected by a Uefa Congress, plus two elected by the European Club Association and one by the European Leagues.

Other members include Karl-Erik Nilsson, Sándor Csányi, Fernando Gomes, Luis Rubiales, Michele Uva, David Gill, Zbigniew Boniek, John Delaney, Armand Duka, Florence Hardouin, Jesper Møller, Andrii Pavelko, Davor Šuker, Michael van Praag, Servet Yardimci, Andrea Agnelli, Nasser Al-Khelaifi and Lars-Christer Olsson.