Chairman's UEFA role

Ipswich Town chairman David Sheepshanks has flown to Zurich to attend the first meeting of the newly-formed FIFA Club task force.Town have been chosen as one of the UEFA representatives.

By Dave Vincent

Ipswich Town chairman David Sheepshanks has flown to Zurich to attend the first meeting of the newly-formed FIFA Club task force.

Town have been chosen as one of the UEFA representatives.

The task force has been set up to gather views from clubs from the various football confederations around the world.


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Sheepshanks told the club website that being asked on to the committee is a major accolade for Town: “I see this as a great honour for the club, to be recognised in this way. While I have previously served on a UEFA committee, I have never had any involvement with FIFA.

“There are so many fundamental issues that are controlled by FIFA and yet affect the daily lives of clubs in this country. I hope I can add value to the international debate, as well as to serve the best interests of all club football in England and not just those of our biggest clubs who already have representation on other committees.”

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Amongst the other UEFA representatives are Barcelona president Joan Laporta, while Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer is there on behalf of his club. Other FIFA Club task force members include River Plate (Argentina), Palmeiras de Sao Paulo (Brazil), New England Revolution (USA), Perth Glory (Australia), Mohan Bagan Club (India) and Jubilo Iwata (Japan).

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