Ex-FIFA Zen-Ruffinen to lead English player agents

Michel Zen-Ruffinen, a former general secretary of the world football body, FIFA, has been appointed chairman of the England-based Association of Football Agents and Chris Heaton-Harris, a British member of the European Parliament and a qualified referee, has been named as vice-chairman. While he was at FIFA (1998-2002), Zen-Ruffinen was responsible for the drafting of the current FIFA Agents Regulations. He has been working as an international sports lawyer for the last five years.

"I intend to contribute to create a better understanding between all parties active within the football market; the agents are now truly professional managers and their image has to change. I hope to be instrumental in that process," Zen-Ruffinen said in a statement reported by Reuters.