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    Richard Scudamore to step down as Premier League executive chairman


    Joe Jones

    Richard Scudamore has announced his intention to stand down at the end of this year as the Premier League’s executive chairman.

    The 58-year-old has been an influential figure in overseeing the English top flight’s expansion during his 20 years in charge.

    Scudamore was appointed in November 1999 and has overseen a period of sustained growth.

    The league's UK television rights were valued at about £670m when he joined, and the last deal was worth £5.14bn.

    Commenting on his decision, Scudamore said: “It’s an absolute privilege to have been allowed to enjoy this role for so long, it is too much fun to be called a job.

    “Football is an intoxicating environment and therefore difficult to give up being so involved, but my passion for what football means to so many and the positive impact it can make will never diminish.

    “This past 20 years would not have been possible without the continuing support and encouragement of the clubs and the unstinting efforts of my colleagues at the Premier League, whose professionalism and dedication are only surpassed by their decency and sense of fun.”

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