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Rummenigge declines Infantino's FIFA offer

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Friday he will not join the new stakeholder committee at the ruling football body FIFA, citing a heavy workload as chairman of Bayern Munich and the European Club Association (ECA).

Rummenigge, 61, who was part of the now defunct FIFA club football commission, had been offered the vice-president position in the stakeholder committee by FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

"I feel honoured that I was to be engaged in such an important committee for football. But I am very occupied as chairman at Bayern Munich and the ECA. I have asked the FIFA president to fill the position with another person," Rummenigge said.

Rummenigge welcomed the creation of the stakeholder committee, calling it "a good and right step which is welcomed by the ECA. It is a clear sign that FIFA is becoming more democratic and transparent."

The committee is to deal with all aspects of the game such as its structure and technical matters, as well as the relationships between clubs, players, leagues, member associations, confederations and FIFA.

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