Today will be held the first Assembly of leaders of the Professional Soccer League of Ecuador to define its administrative organization. Then they will meet with the FEF.
The Professional Soccer League of Ecuador (LPFE) stopped being a project on April 20 and became a reality. That day, through a letter, the Ministry of Sport confirmed the approval of the statutes presented by the presidents of the 24 clubs in the first category.
“Approve the statute and grant legal status of the LPFE, with domicile in the city of Guayaquil, province of Guayas, as a sports organization subject to the provisions established in the Sports, Physical Education and Recreation Law (…)”.
According to the document, the statutes – which were delivered on March 16 to the Minister of Sport, Andrea Sotomayor – were unanimously approved by those in charge of the Ministry of Sports of Ecuador.
Six days later, Miguel Ángel Loor, possible president of the LPFE, registered the agency before the Internal Revenue Service (SRI) and the latter granted him his Unique Taxpayer Registry (RUC).
On the SRI website, Loor appears as the legal representative of the LPFE. In addition, the headquarters establishment has an office located on Las Aguas Avenue, in Guayaquil, where the facilities of the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) are located.
“Already the statutes were approved and we have RUC. Now we need to meet all the clubs and make decisions based on the advances. The idea is to improve Ecuadorian football in an integral way “.
Loor confirmed to the media that today the first Assembly of the LPFE will be held with the representatives of the 24 clubs. The time and place was not confirmed until the close of this edition. The agenda of the meeting will have four points: the ratification of Loor as president of the LPFE and the board of directors; the election of the presidents council; the structure of the executive board; and the signing of the TV rights contract with GolTV.
Unofficially it was learned that the board will be composed of Santiago Morales, Esteban Paz, Juan A. Cuentas and Galo Cárdenas. “Once we are constituted (today) we will have a meeting with the FEF to analyze the competences that we can assume and speak with the arbitration union, to have our support and show the guarantees.”
Part of the structure of the administration of the LPFE will be inspired by the one maintained by LaLiga de España. According to its organizational chart, it consists of a president, a corporate CEO and 16 addresses. In total there are 70 people that make up the organizational chart. Luis Manfredi, who will advise the LPFE, is part of the direction of Corporate Operations, in the area of purchasing and coordination.
Manfredi is a man of confidence of Javier Tebas, president of LaLiga and will be the new director of the LPFE, if this is confirmed by the clubs at today’s meeting. In 2014, when the dialogues between clubs began for the development of the LPFE, a draft was designed with a structure that brought together a council of presidents; an executive director, a legal adviser; and five directions: the commercial one (marketing and public relations); the administrative and financial (audit and internal administration); sports development (tournaments, player registration, counseling, training and arbitration); and the security.
Cevallos asks for respect
José F. Cevallos, president of Barcelona, asked Miller Salazar, head of Macará, not to mention his club, since his statements put the LPFE at risk.
Last week, Salazar said that the schedule (17:00) of the game between Macará and Barcelona favors the club from Guayaquil, since it is normal for that game in Ambato to be played at 12:00. “The issue here is favoring Barcelona, and we will not allow it”. (I)