World football apex body FIFA has announced the releasing of the Director of Women Football Tatjana Haenni. She held the post for 18 years but the organization decided to “restructure” things.
“In November last year, Sarai Bareman was appointed Chief Football Officer. She heads the newly created Women’s Football Division and reports directly to FIFA Deputy Secretary-General Zvonimir Boban and to FIFA management.
“The new department is currently being restructured and organized (also personnel). This is directly linked to the overall strategy for the development of women’s football,” a statement credited to officials of FIFA reads.
Haenni held the role whilst doubling as the president of a club in Switzerland FC Zurich. She confirmed “FIFA dismissed” her at the end of January but adds that the eighteen years were “interesting, motivating and fascinating.”
“I have done my work and my activities with full commitment, conviction for the cause and with a lot of passion. For the future, I would like all sports organizations to make efforts to promote women’s sport and the representation of women in the decision-making committees and to make available adequate resources,” she added.
Haenni played a big role in the development of the game through encouraging women. She was responsible for organizing women’s tournament and the overall international development of women football.
On her twitter handle, she posted; “i [sic] am open for new opportunities…” from Zurich, Switzerland.
Bareman, who was appointed as the first Chief Women’s Soccer Officer, would oversee women football affairs from henceforth.