Reuters, Thursday, March 22, 2007 12:32 PM
New UEFA president Michel Platini wants to extend the executive committee's power in soccer's European governing body by implementing a more hands-on approach to the management of the organization.
During his campaign, Platini said he wanted to shake up the way UEFA was run. His predecessor, Lennart Johansson, often delegated senior executive decisions to Lars-Christer Olsson, the
organization's CEO, who stepped down a few days after Platini's victory.
On Wednesday, Reuters said the European governing body's "extraordinary" meeting next Monday would involve
proposed amendments to existing UEFA statutes. Among them is the removal of the CEO role altogether, which would be replaced by a new general secretary position, to be occupied by former Scottish
Football Association executive David Taylor. Platini also wants to see the executive committee expanded from 13 members to 15 in order to give more power to elected members and less to the
UEFA is a big bulky organization whereby any change is monumental. It follows then that any alterations approved on Monday would still have to be endorsed
by UEFA's congress at a separate meeting, which will take place in Zurich in May.
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