Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert to leave post in 2022

Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert who oversaw the league's response to the coronavirus pandemic said he would depart when his contract expires in June 2022.

Christian Seifert who has held the CEO role since 2005 has decided to quit when his contract ends in 2022.   -  Getty Images

German soccer league CEO Christian Seifert, who oversaw the Bundesliga's restart during the coronavirus pandemic ahead of other major European leagues, said on Monday that he will leave his post in 2022.

Seifert has held the CEO role since 2005 and said he would depart when his contract expires in June 2022 to "begin a new professional chapter elsewhere."

Seifert said he wanted to give the league time to plan for the future and that working for the German Football League, which covers the 36 clubs in the top two men's divisions, was "an honor and a joy." He is also a vice president of the German soccer federation because of his position with the league.

Seifert helped shape German soccer's response to the pandemic. He fronted the league's push to restart in May, barely two months after play was suspended. The Bundesliga pioneered widespread coronavirus testing of players and staff in a strategy which has since become standard for sports competitions around the world.

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