Coucke stops as chairman of the Pro LeagueApril 20, 2019
Marc Coucke takes a step aside as chairman of the dome above the 24 professional clubs. For him, that position was no longer compatible with the RSC Anderlecht presidency, he announced in a press release on Friday.
Coucke succeeded Roger Vanden Stock as chairman of the Pro League in June 2018, but will not make his mandate available again within a year.
'During my term of office it became clear that different' conflicts of interest 'will arise in the short term. In the interest of the credibility of the Pro League and myself, I cannot play a decisive role in important files, "the Anderlecht owner writes in a press release.
"Suppose that Anderlecht only finishes fifth in Play-off I and KV Mechelen wins the cup, but is convicted in the match fixing investigation, I then decide at the federal level whether Anderlecht play European," he gives an example to Het Laatste Nieuws.
Coucke argues for an independent chairman of the Pro League "who has sufficient affinity with football, but is in no way affiliated with a Belgian club."
Belgian football has been going through a crisis since the outbreak of Operation Proper Hands. A lot of work is involved in this approach, while Coucke first wants to invest time in RSC Anderlecht, it is said. "That is my priority today. We are facing a crucial transition period that determines the successful future of the club. "
The Brussels club is going through a very difficult period. After disappointing results in the play-offs, the club said goodbye to Fred Rutten as head coach last week.
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