Former Guardian Media Group CEO David Pemsel, who was due to take up the role of Premier League CEO in early 2020, has stood down before starting the job.
He was the third person to be offered the role of Premier League CEO, after former Global President of Animal Planet Susanna Dinnage and senior BBC executive Tim Davie, who both pulled out of the job.
Pemsel was unanimously appointed at a special Premier League shareholders meeting in October, but has resigned before starting his post following allegations about his private life.
The Premier League said in a statement: “Following media disclosures earlier this week and discussions with David Pemsel, the Premier League has today accepted David’s resignation and he will no longer be joining as Chief Executive.
“Richard Masters will continue as Interim Chief Executive.
“No further comment will be made at this stage.”
The Premier League will now begin another new search for a new CEO, some 17 months after Richard Scudamore announced he would be stepping down after almost 20 years at the head of the organisation.