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David Pemsel

David Pemsel was the newly appointed Premier League chief executive. Shockingly, he has resigned before starting the job. Why?


Premier League appointed Pemsel in October and he was due to start in February. Shockingly, he has stepped down following newspaper allegations about his private life.

His appointment unanimously approved at a special Premier League shareholders meeting in October.

At the time Chelsea chairman, Bruce Buck said of Pemsel, “His straightforward style and personal integrity make him an ideal person to lead the business.”

Pemsel ranked as the third person to be offered the chief executive job in the Premier League. He came after ex-chief executive Richard Scudamore’s departure, who left in November 2018.

Susanna Dinnage was originally named as Scudamore’s successor but later declined the role to remain at media organization Discovery.

Tim Davie, the senior BBX executive also turned down the opportunity to take up the current post.

Premier League Said in a statement, “Following media disclosures and discussions earlier this week with Pemsel, the Premier League has today accepted David’s resignation and he will no longer be joining as chief executive.”


Premier League has acted decisively since allegations regarding David Pemsel’s private life surfaced two days ago. The executives believe it shows they are a principled organization.

However, 18 months after previous chief executive Richard Scudamore announced he was stepping down, the fact that the ill-fated and protracted search for a replacement is about to resume for a fourth time is highly embarrassing for an organization previously renowned for its decision-making and stability.

Nonetheless, with talks over the controversy, premier League executives and the club officials concluded that Pemsel has portrayed a lack of judgment that made it impossible for him to take up one of the most powerful jobs in world sports.

Despite the heartbreaking news, Premier league said Richard Masters will stay as the interim chief executive.


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