UEFA appoint first woman to Executive Committee
Karen Espelund has become the first woman to be appointed to UEFA’s Executive Committee.
The historic move comes after the UEFA Congress agreed in March to co-opt a woman onto European football’s highest body.
UEFA President, Michel Platini, said: “We must a find a way to break the glass ceiling preventing women from reaching positions of responsibility within our organisations. This is a first but symbolic step towards a better representation in decision-making bodies, and symbols are sometimes key to changing the way we think.”
Karen, from Norway, held the post of General Secretary of the Norwegian FA for 10 years, and is currently Chairwoman of the UEFA Women’s Football Committee.
Earlier this year, Karen commented: “Women are one of the biggest social movements and must be given the possibility to take active part in all functions in football – not only as players.”
FARE Executive Director, Piara Powar, said: “Our congratulations to UEFA for taking what is unquestionably a bold step in a highly conservative environment and sending a clear signal to the rest of football.
“Our best wishes to Karen for whom this is just recognition of her talents as a football leader. We know this move will also offer hope that under-representation of all forms can begin to be addressed, from the lack of open access to football for some ethnic minorities, to the small number of black players in coaching positions.”