UEFA and European football are saddened to hear of the death of Vladimír Petr, a vastly respected former member of the UEFA disciplinary authorities and a UEFA committee member for 32 years, who has passed away at the age of 87.
Petr, from Slovakia, played a crucial role in the development of UEFA's disciplinary bodies at a time when they were separated from the rest of UEFA's administrative machinery and guaranteed independent status in the early 1970s. He was a member of the Control and Disciplinary Committee from 1968 to 1980, and served as vice-chairman of this body from 1980 to 1986. From 1986 to 1988, he was part of the UEFA Board of Appeal.
In 1986, he became a member of UEFA's Committee for Women's Football – a position he was to hold for 14 years. Petr, who worked as a UEFA match delegate on innumerable occasions, also belonged to the Amicale des Anciens circle of former UEFA committee members.
Although Petr, who died shortly before his 88th birthday, was never a football player of note, he had an important impact on the game in the former Czechoslovakia and modern-day Slovakia and also across Europe, serving as an official on a considerable number of bodies. His first post came at the age of 29, and he went on to work in youth football, the technical sector and disciplinary matters.
"He worked hard for Slovak football until 1999," said Dušan Huňady, chairman of the Slovak Football Association's (SFZ) committee for the country's top competition, the Slovak First League. "I worked with him and found him to be a most fair man." Petr received various honours during his outstanding career, including distinctions for fair play and a special award for his achievements from the Slovak Olympic Committee.
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