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Tebas steps down as LaLiga president, will stand for re-election

Javier Tebas talks during Day 1 of the Soccerex Europe Convention (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

LaLiga president Javier Tebas has resigned from his role in order to stand for re-election as head of the organising body of the top two divisions of Spanish football.

Tebas (pictured) has served as LaLiga president since 2013 and stepped down from the position in 2016 to run unopposed for re-election.

Tebas announced his intention to instigate a new election in a letter posted on his Twitter account yesterday (Monday). His current term is due to run until October 2020.

“I have decided to resign from my role as president so that a new electoral process starts, which I plan to run in,” Tebas said. “I hope to gain support to stay four more years.”

Tebas has taken the decision given the proximity of the October 2020 date to the launch of important new invitations to tender for LaLiga’s broadcast rights.

A new Spanish government is also in the midst of being formed and Tebas cited this as a reason for bringing the election process forward.

He added: “A new political term is starting, where it is possible that in our national parliament and in the European parliament there may be laws and directives proposed which affect our institution and our interests.

“I think that it is not good to (take on the matter) with a mandate that only has a few months left, the person who has to do it should do so with the backing of the clubs at least for four years.”

Tebas also cited the plans of Uefa, football’s European governing body, to reform its club competitions and the destabilising effects an election may have on Spanish teams while that process is ongoing.

Tebas has recently been embroiled in a war of words with the leaders of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) in the wake of a Madrid court ruling not to grant LaLiga permission to stage a match between Villarreal and Atlético Madrid in the US city of Miami.

Tebas shrugged off a call from the RFEF to resign and has also been critical of the federation’s decision to stage its Supercopa competition in Saudi Arabia.