French Football League chief Frederic Thiriez won't seek re-election
Frederic Thiriez, the long-standing president of the French Football League (LFP), has announced that he will not be standing for re-election.
The Paris-based lawyer has helped Ligue 1 TV rights jump from €230 million in 2001 to €748.5 million for the current deal.
During his latest term, many clubs improved their grounds or built new stadiums as France prepares to host Euro 2016, while he also oversaw the introduction of goal line technology in French football.
Over the past year, however, the LFP has lost a series of court battles and upset several clubs.
Last month a proposal to reduce the number of promotion and relegation places to and from Ligue 1, strongly opposed by second tier teams, was definitively rejected by France's highest administrative court.
In an interview published in L'Equipe on Tuesday, Thiriez, 63, confirmed that he will not be seeking another term at the end of the year.
"That will be 14 years," Thiriez said. "It's a lot. 14 years is enough. It's enough for the league, without doubt, and also for me."
Thiriez said he had taken the decision a few months ago and wanted to announce it now to give all stakeholders time to prepare for his replacement.
"As for the LFP, it needs a generational change, like at FIFA, UEFA or at the French Football Federation," he added. "A bit of new blood will not do the LFP any harm. And I'm not worried. There will be plenty of quality candidates."
Thiriez, who was last re-elected in 2012, has also come into conflict with French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet.
But he told L'Equipe that he has no plans to try and succeed Le Graet next year.