Theodoridis Named UEFA Gen Sec; Kiev Gets 2018 Champions League Final

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The UEFA Executive Committee held in Athens its first meeting under the chairmanship of newly-elected President Aleksander Čeferin.

The venues for the following 2018 club competitions finals were appointed: the NSK Olympiyskyi stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine will host the UEFA Champions League Final on 26 May 2018 and the Lilleküla stadium in Tallinn, Estonia will host the UEFA Super Cup on 14 August 2018. A decision regarding the UEFA Europa League Final 2018 will be made at a later stage.

The UEFA Executive Committee then confirmed Theodore Theodoridis as permanent UEFA General Secretary, following a proposal of the UEFA President.

In addition, two new members were appointed to the Investigatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body for mandates running until 2020: Damien Neven (Belgium), former Chief Economist of the DG Competition at the European Commission; and Rick Parry (England), former chief Executive of Liverpool FC and of the FA Premier League.

Finally, following a review of UEFA EURO 2016, the Executive Committee decided to give an award to the football associations of Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales for the outstanding contribution of their supporters in making the tournament a success. Each association will be presented with a commemorative plaque on the occasion of one of their upcoming home European Qualifiers played in October.

Commenting on the decision, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said: “UEFA EURO 2016 was a celebration of football and this is thanks in large part to the passion and dedication of fans at all stadiums in France. UEFA wanted to reward some of the groups of supporters that were particularly enthusiastic and passionate during the tournament so congratulations to the national associations who are receiving this award.”

The next meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee will take place on 09 December 2016.

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