Tebas in 2019
|President of Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional|
|Assumed office |
26 April 2013
|Preceded by||José Luis Astiazarán|
Javier Tebas Medrano
31 July 1962
San José, Costa Rica
Javier Tebas Medrano (Spanish pronunciation: [xaˈβjeɾ ˈteβas]; born 31 July 1962) is a Spanish lawyer and the president of Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional,[a] also known as La Liga. In December 2019, he was re-elected for a third term until 2024.
Tebas has worked for eleven different La Liga clubs, with his first one being appointed president of SD Huesca in 1993. He served three terms as the Vice-President of Liga Nacionoal de Fútbol Profesional, being elected for the first time in 2001, and also worked for the G30 group of clubs, where he helped the clubs negotiate their television deals.
In 2013, Tebas was appointed the president of La Liga after an uncontested election in which he was supported by 32 of the 42 La Liga and Segunda División clubs. Prior to the election, Tebas had promised to clean up the Spanish game after match-fixing allegations, and also to make match tickets affordable.
During his tenure, Tebas has said that Spanish league matches could be held outside of Spain, although he has said that El Clásico will only be held in Spain, and has also said that if the Catalonia region became independent from Spain, then its football teams, including FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol, would not be allowed to compete in the Spanish football leagues.
In January 2019, Tebas announced his support for the Far right nationalist Vox party. Saying "They seem good to me", Tebas said on Cadena Cope. "I've been saying it for a while. Spain needed an alternative like Vox. You have to respect the 400,000 people that have voted for them in Andalucia. If they stay on this line then I will vote for Vox.
Tebas is a critic of former UEFA acting president Ángel María Villar, and is quoted as saying that he hoped Villar became permanent President, so that he would leave his job at the Royal Spanish Football Federation. Tebas has also been critical of FIFA, saying that they need an overhaul of personnel in order to regain the trust of the footballing community. Tebas blamed FIFA for contract information leaks by the Football Leaks website about contract details of La Liga players.
- Some sources refer to him as the president of La Liga.
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