Football: Zbigniew Boniek named UEFA vice president

Zbigniew Boniek was named the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) vice president, the secretary of the Polish Football Association, Maciej Sawicki, has announced. The Pole was also re-elected to the UEFA Executive Committee.

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“It is a great, individual appreciation of the activities so far as a member of the UEFA Executive Committee and as the head of the Polish Football Association,” Mr Sawicki wrote on social media.

The current president of the Polish Football Association (PZPN) has been a member of the governing body of the European federation since 2017.

The UEFA Executive Committee is the organisation’s highest executive body. Its duties include, for example, appointing the candidates to hold the most important events, including the European championships, the finals of the Champions League and the Europa League, but also distribution of aid funds. The term of office of the committee’s members is four years.

Zbigniew Boniek is the second Pole in the history of the Executive Committee, after Leszek Rylski (1956-64 and 1966-68).

Meanwhile, his term of office as the PZPN head lasts until September 30, 2021. He cannot run for re-election since he has already been in the post for two tenures.

European football in a tailspin as giants secede

The current UEFA congress in Montreux, Switzerland, takes place amid a deep crisis caused by the secession of Europe's richest clubs, which want to create the Super League.

According to the new project, which is to start in August 2022, up to 20 teams will compete in the league, of which 15 will have a permanent place, while the remaining five will change every season.

The matches are scheduled to take place in the middle of the week, so they would become a direct competition for Champions League, Europa League and Conference League, organised by UEFA.

The Super League is facing a lot of resistance from many sides. On Sunday, the official announcement was published, among others, by UEFA together with the football federations of England (FA), Spain (RFEF) and Italy (FIGC) and the organisations responsible for the highest leagues in these countries.

They already announced that participation in Super League would mean exclusion of all the clubs and players involved in it from other competitions, including the international tournaments such as UEFA EURO or FIFA World Cup.

The AP agency reported that the creators of the Super League have already reacted to these threats. In a special letter to the heads of UEFA and FIFA - Alexander Ceferin and Gianni Infantino respectively - they wrote that if they were excluded from other competitions, they would take legal actions.

In a Monday interview with El Chiringuito TV, Florentino Perez, the chairman of Real Madrid CF and the announced head of the European Super League said that he is “certain” that the clubs that desire to participate in the new competition will not be excluded Champions and Europa Leagues and their players will be eligible to participate in international tournaments.