William Gaillard

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William Gaillard is the director of communications and public affairs for the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). He is also the Senior Advisor to the President of UEFA Michel Platini.

Gaillard, who was born in France,[1] came to wide prominence following the condemnation that UEFA suffered in the wake of the 2007 Champions League Final.

Before UEFA[edit]

In addition to his career at UEFA, Gaillard has also been Director of Corporate Communication for the International Air Transport Association and the UN International Drug Control Program.

His role within UEFA[edit]

William Gaillard is the Senior Adviser to the UEFA President Michel Platini as well as the UEFA's Director of Communication and Public Affairs. He advises the UEFA President on political issues and oversees all external communications[2]

Gaillard heads UEFA's Communications and Public Affairs Division, which is responsible for all activities involving UEFA's relations with the media, as well as for the production of UEFA's various publications and reports and the UEFA charity portfolio.[3]

Gaillard has been highly visible since joining UEFA; indeed, he is perhaps the most prominent of UEFA's senior officials, along with President Michel Platini.

Gaillard has been highly active in anti-racism work within football. Following England's game in 2004 against Spain when players were subjected to racial abuse, he stated that players should not leave the pitch:

Gaillard is an active partner with Britain's Kick It Out campaign[5] and UEFA's own uniteagainstracism[6]

2007 Champions League Final[edit]

Trouble occurred at the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final after thousands of ticketless Liverpool supporters stormed the turnstiles to the stadium; and about two thousand fans who were holding genuine tickets were denied entry as a result. Gaillard said that the problems in Greece were typical of the behaviour of some Liverpool supporters during the past four years, branding them the worst in Europe;[7] despite having previously said that both sets of supporters 'have a tradition of good behaviour'.[8] He accused Liverpool supporters of stealing tickets "out of the hands of children" and said "we know what happened in Athens and Liverpool fans were the cause of most of the trouble there".[9] This was seen by some as UEFA attempting to avoid the blame for the disorganisation of the final, and they were accused by Richard Caborn, the British Sports Minister, as entering into a blame game.[10][11] This also resulted in Gaillard being heavily criticised[12] by Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks.

Minister Caborn met with UEFA president Platini on June 5, 2007, after which Platini replied 'No.' in answer to the question of whether Liverpool's fans behaved more terribly than those in rest of Europe.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ TBConsulting, LLC. "Who Is William Gaillared [?]" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "William Gaillard". European Communication Summit. 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  3. ^ "UEFA - Introduction: Marketing & Media". UEFA.com. 2007-05-22. Archived from the original on 2007-06-03. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 
  4. ^ "Taylor wanted England to walk off". BBC.com. 2004-11-18. Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  5. ^ "Galliard: denial exists over racism". Kickitout.org. 2005-05-19. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  6. ^ "Camp Nou takes centre stage". Uefa.com. 2006-01-20. Archived from the original on 2008-05-07. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  7. ^ Praverman, Frank (2007-06-04). "Liverpool fans are worst in Europe". London: www.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  8. ^ Bond, David (2007-05-23). "Greek police put on 'full alert'". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  9. ^ Liverpool are 'the worst fans in Europe' says Uefa report
  10. ^ "Caborn and Parry hit back at Uefa". BBC. 2007-06-04. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 
  11. ^ "Soccernet". ESPN. 2007-05-24. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  12. ^ "Caborn & Platini hold Reds talks". BBC. 2007-06-05. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 
  13. ^ Staff Writer (6 June 2007). "Platini Says Liverpool Fans Not Worst". Australian FourFourTwo. Archived from the original on 20 October 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2014. ←(Archived web page from the Internet Archive)

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