GENEVA (AP) — After resisting offers to take his team into the ill-fated Super League, Paris Saint-Germain’s president was picked to lead the network of European soccer clubs on Wednesday.
Nasser Al-Khelaïfi’s selection as European Club Association chairman extends a stellar week in soccer politics for PSG and Bayern Munich — the two most notable absences from the rebel Super League group, which ended the short-lived project Wednesday.
Without Bayern and PSG, the 12 Super League clubs were isolated in England, Spain and Italy even before a massive backlash led by fans worldwide helped end the project in less than three days.
Bayern and PSG, which met in last years Champions League final, now hold both seats kept for clubs on the UEFA executive committee, which ultimately makes decisions on competition changes.
Al-Khelaïfi is a former professional tennis player and close friend to the Emir of Qatar. He took over at PSG when the club was bought by Qatar after the gas-rich emirate was picked by FIFA in 2010 as host of the 2022 World Cup.
Last year, Al-Khelaïfi was acquitted by Swiss federal judges on a charge of inciting a former top FIFA official to commit aggravated criminal mismanagement. Prosecutors appealed in February against the trial verdict.
French prosecutors also targeted Al-Khelaïfi in a separate and ongoing investigation into payments linked to bids to host the track and field world championships in Doha. He has denied wrongdoing in both cases.
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