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Mateu Lahoz poised to succeed Rubiales as RFEF president

Mateu Lahoz has emerged as the front-runner in the race to become the next president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), according to Marca.

The consensus and approval of the key figures in Spanish football are converging around Lahoz, signalling his strong candidacy for the position.

Lahoz enjoys widespread support from major football clubs in the Spanish leagues, the referee community and FIFA, including a close working relationship with Pier Luigi Collina, the global head of refereeing, the Council Superior of Sports and several territorial presidents. 

These endorsements place him in a favourable position to succeed Luis Rubiales, who resigned following a kissing scandal after Spain won the Women’s World Cup.

The history between Lahoz and Rubiales is marked by disagreements, making the former’s potential ascent to the RFEF presidency intriguing.

Lahoz recently retired from his role as a referee after more than three decades in the profession, including 12 years on the international stage. He boasts a wealth of experience. 

His deep-rooted connection to the football world, familiarity with the inner workings of the federation, and amicable relations with various stakeholders provide a strong foundation for his electoral campaign.

Lahoz has not officially commented on his presidential aspirations as the election process has yet to commence. 

Several stakeholders are aware of his agenda, which includes a commitment to review the arbitration model, its structures and its independence. They like his ideas and will back him in the elections.

The desire within the Spanish football community, including territorial officials, is for stability to return at the earliest opportunity.

Lahoz’s candidacy is seen as a promising step towards achieving this goal, potentially ushering in a new era for Spanish football administration. 

All eyes are now on the forthcoming elections, where Lahoz is the overwhelming favourite to lead the RFEF into this new dispensation after a tumultuous ordeal.

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