Javier Tebas quits as LaLiga president; to seek re-election

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La Liga president Javier Tebas has resigned from his office, only to seek re-election for yet another term. The 57-year-old football administrator was first elected to the  LaLiga president’s office in 2013.

His present term was to end in October next year. The decision has come at a time when there is an apparent tension between La Liga and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), particularly between Tebas and Luis Rubiales, who heads up Spanish football’s national governing body.

“I have decided to resign from my role as president so that a new electoral process starts, which I plan to run in,” Tabas has reportedly said. “I hope to gain support to stay four more years.”

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Tebas was re-elected for a second term unopposed after relinquishing his office in 2016.

Even as Tebas has yet against stepped aside from the position, he is a well aware return to the office this time might not be as easy as three years ago. According to a report by the BBC, Tebas is seeking a fresh mandate before launching the tender process for the next cycle of LaLiga media rights.

The decision is also influenced by the change of guard after the General Elections in Spain last month as Tebas wants a stronger president in the office with the mandate for a longer-term.

“A new political term is starting, where it is possible there may be laws and directives proposed which affect our institution and our interests,” BBC has reported Tebas as saying.  “The person who has to do it should do so with the backing of the clubs at least for four years.”

The election process is expected to be completed before the New Year.

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