Ex-UEFA President Jacques Georges Dies
The Associated Press
Thursday, February 26, 2004; 2:21 PM
NYON, Switzerland - Jacques Georges, the former head of European and French soccer, died at 87.
Georges died Wednesday at his home in Saint-Maurice-sur-Moselle, a ski resort town in northern France, UEFA said.
Georges was president of the French Football Federation from 1969-72. He served as UEFA's president from 1984-90 and was replaced by Lennart Johansson. He was vice president of FIFA from 1983-94.
Soccer's international governing body said Georges' contribution to soccer was "immeasurable," adding he served the sport with "an exemplary sense of duty."
"It was always a privilege for me to be reassured of his warmhearted friendship and loyalty, and his wise counsel invariably helped me in my career," FIFA president Sepp Blatter said. "I regarded him as one of my mentors."
Georges was head of UEFA following the 1985 Heysel tragedy, when 39 fans died at a Juventus Turin-Liverpool Champions' Cup final.
UEFA blamed Liverpool fans for most of the violence and banned English clubs from European competitions. UEFA rejected English efforts to gain readmission in 1986 and 1987. English clubs were finally readmitted in the 1990-91 season.
UEFA chief executive officer, Lars-Christer Olsson said Georges will be remembered as "one of the true pioneers of European football and a man who had football at his heart."
Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.
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