Jacques Georges

Jacques Georges

Jacques Georges in 1987
4th President of UEFA
In office
Preceded by Artemio Franchi
Succeeded by Lennart Johansson
Personal details
Born (1916-05-30)30 May 1916
Saint-Maurice-sur-Moselle, France
Died 25 February 2004(2004-02-25) (aged 87)
Saint-Maurice-sur-Moselle, France
Nationality French

Jacques Georges (30 May 1916 in Saint-Maurice-sur-Moselle, France – 25 February 2004) was the president of the French Football Federation (FFF) from 1968 until 1972 and the 4th president of UEFA (1983–1990).


In April 1989, he caused controversy by describing a minority of Liverpool F.C. supporters as "beasts", wrongly believing that hooliganism was the cause of the Hillsborough disaster which ultimately resulted in the deaths of 96 of the English club's fans.[1] He issued a swift apology for his comments upon discovering that hooliganism did not cause the tragedy.[2]

He died in February 2004 at the age of 87.


  1. Phil Scraton (13 May 2011). Hillsborough - The Truth. Mainstream Publishing. pp. 116–117. ISBN 978-1-78057-041-9.
  2. "European Soccer Chief Retracts Harsh Words in Stadium Deaths". Los Angeles Times. 18 April 1989.
Preceded by
Artemio Franchi
President of UEFA
Succeeded by
Lennart Johansson

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