UEFA Chief Executive Gerhard Aigner is to retire in December.

The 59-year-old German, who has worked for UEFA In various cappacities for 33 years, confirmed his departure at a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Rome.

Aigner revealed that he would like to devote more time to his family and private interests.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my administrative career with UEFA over the last 33 years, and I believe that UEFA is in good shape for the future,” said Mr Aigner.

“But I have a young family and I intend to devote more time to them and to my private interests, which I regret I was not able to do in the past,” he added.

“I will remain fully involved in UEFA until the end of the year, and will work with the UEFA President to ensure a smooth succession.”

UEFA President Lennart Johansson paid tribute to the Chief Executive.

“Gerd Aigner is a friend, a very loyal colleague and has been a great servant of European football,” said the Swede,

“His energy, commitment and vision have been a vital part of UEFA’s success for more than three decades,” Johansson added.

“He is also a devoted family man, and I totally respect his decision to spend more time with them.├┐European football’s loss is his family’s gain – we wish him and them the very best for the future.”