STOCKHOLM: Veteran soccer government Lars-Christer Olsson will step down in March and relinquish his place as a member of the UEFA government committee, the Swede stated on Friday. Olsson helped modernise the Champions League from 2000-07 as a senior UEFA official after which its common secretary underneath then-president Lennart Johansson.
As chairman of the 29-nation European Leagues group, Olsson has helped resist strikes led by prime golf equipment to restrict entry paths to the Champions League. “I do not think you should sit for too long in different positions,” Olsson stated in an announcement, “but it is good with rotation and new blood at regular intervals”.
Olsson returned to worldwide soccer politics in 2016 to steer the community of European leagues. Two years later, he joined the UEFA government committee when a seat was allotted to the leagues. Olsson’s mandate at UEFA expires in March, when he could be 71 and past the European soccer physique’s age restrict of 70 for election or re-election to the highest committee.
In his remaining months in workplace, Olsson is due to participate in talks UEFA will re-open to look at potential adjustments for its membership competitions. They would take impact within the 2024-25 season.
Olsson has argued for groups incomes entry to the Champions League solely by a excessive inserting in a nationwide league, or by successful a UEFA competitors, and that locations ought to stay open to mid- and lower-ranked leagues.