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Soccer great Van Basten leaves FIFA technical director role

AP , Friday 12 Oct 2018
Marco van Basten
Football Soccer - FIFA Awards Ceremony - Zurich, Switzerland - 09/01/17. Former Dutch player Marco van Basten arrives at the ceremony. Photo: REUTERS
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Soccer great Marco van Basten is leaving FIFA after two years as technical director.

FIFA says the former Netherlands forward is leaving amicably to be closer to his family in Amsterdam.

Van Basten helped oversee the introduction of video review for referees at the World Cup in Russia.

FIFA deputy secretary general Zvonimir Boban, a former teammate at AC Milan, says ''Marco has played an important role to reconnect the institution with its technical community.''

Van Basten was also closely linked to the ''Play Fair'' document published last year looking at radical ways of changing and improving the game, but which had little impact.

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