LaLiga chief hits out at Al-Khelaifi’s impending Uefa role

Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi should be prevented from securing a place on the Executive Committee of European football’s governing body Uefa, according to LaLiga president Javier Tebas.

The head of the top two divisions of Spanish football has spoken out after it emerged yesterday (Wednesday) that Al-Khelaifi, who is also chairman of Qatar-owned beIN Media Group, was poised to take up the influential position in the European game.

The Executive Committee is the supreme executive body of Uefa. 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 the European Leagues organisation.

Al-Khelaifi is set to 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 by the ECA Executive Board, is subject to ratification from the Uefa Congress, which will meet on February 7 in Rome. Tebas has been a vocal critic of PSG and its adherence to Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules.

Tebas said in a statement: “His appointment must be rejected as it violates all reasonable rules of governance, not only because of the Financial Fair Play file, also because he is president of beIN Sports, one of the main Uefa broadcast rights buyers.”

BeIN is also a rights partner of LaLiga.