Newly-appointed Premier League chief executive David Pemsel has resigned before even taking up the role.
Pemsel was appointed at the beginning of October, and was set to start in February 2020, but has stood down following newspaper allegations about his private life.
Pemsel has been chief executive of Guardian Media Group since July 2015, having joined Guardian News & Media in 2011. Before that he was group marketing director at ITV and helped launch Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Entertainment production company.
Susanna Dinnage was originally named as successor to Richard Scudamore, who left in November 2018, but later declined the role to remain at media organisation Discovery.
Senior BBC executive Tim Davie also turned down the chance to take up the post.
The Premier League said in a statement: “Following media disclosures earlier this week and discussions with David Pemsel, the Premier League has today accepted David’s resignation and he will no longer be joining as chief executive.”