Huygens stays on as interim president of Belgian FA until summer 2022

August 31 – Robert Huygens will stay on president of the Belgian FA (KBVB) until June 2022. His mandate has been extended after he first succeeded Mehdi Bayat on an interim basis in May.

In a surprise move last spring Bayat stepped down from the KBVB saying he wanted to focus more on his club Charleroi, leaving the FA after a short tenure as successor of Gerard Linard. Huygens stepped in as Bayat’s interim successor and the ruling body on Monday confirmed that the 73-year old will continue the top position until summer next year.

Last week, the Pro League – responsible for the domestic professional game – backed lawyer Paul Van den Bulck as candidate for the presidency. In June, Van den Bulck had been appointed as one of two independent board members in the FA. His diplomatic skills, broad background and independence were considered assets, but regulations prevented him from standing after Football Flanders questioned his eligibility.

Huygens will lead the FA until next June when Van den Bulck will be allowed to stand.

A member of the FA’s board of directors since 2013, Hugyens has decades of experience in the domestic game.

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