Taylor set for marketing switch

Tue, 15 Sep 22:01:03 2009

Scottish influence at the heart of UEFA - something criticised by Arsene Wenger during the Eduardo case - is set to diminish after an announcement on Tuesday that general secretary David Taylor is to head the governing body's new marketing company.

Taylor, the former chief executive of the Scottish FA, will move to the new UEFA company on October 1.

He will be succeeded by his deputy Gianni Infantino, an Italian lawyer who has worked for UEFA since 2000 and most recently has steered through plans for financial reforms of European football.

Taylor, who has a business background, was appointed following Michel Platini's successful campaign to become UEFA president in 2007.

Although the Eduardo case is not connected to Tuesday's announcement, Taylor was earlier this month forced to insist there was no 'old pals' act' surrounding UEFA's decision to charge the Arsenal striker with diving against Celtic.

Scottish FA chief executive Gordon Smith had led calls for the player to be banned, leading to Wenger to claim there had been "a witch-hunt' with the case being influenced by "Scottish people working at UEFA".

Taylor responded saying: "It's not all pals together, we're in football and you disagree with people."

Infantino's appointment signals Platini's intent to push ahead with his plans to force clubs in European football to only spend what they earn in revenue.

UEFA also announced they have appointed former Belgian prime minister Jean-Luc Dehaene as the first chairman of the newly-created Club Financial Control Panel.

The body will be made up of independent financial and legal experts and will conduct audits to ensure clubs are complying with the new rules.


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