UEFA’s second in command has stop his function main sport in Sweden after going through criticism sparked by Sky Information revealing he voted to finish Russia’s blanket ban from European soccer.
Karl-Erik Nilsson admitted belief in him had been affected by the choice as he stepped down at present with fast impact after barely 4 months as Swedish Sports activities Confederation chair.
The Swedish Sports activities Confederation together with the nation’s soccer opposition has opposed Russian groups being allowed to compete internationally for the reason that full-scale invasion of Ukraine was launched by Vladimir Putin in February 2022.
However, as the primary vp of European soccer’s governing physique, Mr Nilsson voted to readmit Russia’s under-17s groups into UEFA competitions.
He mentioned: “It’s a very tough determination to now select to step apart as I’ve felt nice dedication and pleasure within the mission.
“However because it has confirmed tough to mix my two roles and that it could have an effect on belief in me and Swedish sports activities.”
He initially sought to dispute Sky’s reporting of his vote within the contentious UEFA govt committee determination earlier than an announcement days later attempting to justify it.
That solely heightened the scrutiny inside Sweden about him remaining accountable for the Swedish Sports activities Confederation – a place he has now relinquished beneath mounting strain.
Mr Nilsson mentioned in an announcement: “The current media consideration and concentrate on my particular person doesn’t profit Swedish sports activities. The eye has triggered loads of hatred and private assaults.”
The assertion from the Swedish Sports activities Confederation drew a direct hyperlink to the Russia vote by saying Mr Nilsson’s senior UEFA function was “a place that has acquired loads of consideration not too long ago”.
It was solely in Might that he took up the function overseeing the umbrella organisation for Swedish sport, having led the nation’s soccer federation since 2012.