Football world mourns Sprengers
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Mathieu 'Jeu' Sprengers, who had been at the helm of the Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) since 1993, has died today on Sunday 6 April. He was 69 years old and passed away after a short illness.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has written to the KNVB to communicate his condolences, expressing that it was with "great sadness in his heart" that he learned of Sprenger's passing. "Jeu was absolutely passionate about football," wrote the FIFA President. "He lived for it with dedication, commitment and love."

Within FIFA, Sprengers held key roles over the last few years as the Finances Working Group chairman of the FIFA Task Force 'For the Good of the Game' and as a member of the Internal Audit Committee before becoming a member representing the associations on the FIFA Strategic Committee, providing in these roles essential input and guidance in financial matters and regarding a club licensing system at world level.

Sprengers has been serving the game for several decades, with his other notable roles including chairman of the Dutch club VVV Venlo from 1980 until 1990 and then successor of Jo van Marle as Football Association chairman in 1993. His distinguished career also included the vice-presidency of the organising committee for the Euro 2000 finals in Belgium and Netherlands and the office of treasurer of UEFA from 2000 to 2007.