Fry quits Premier League role

Premier League chairman Anthony Fry has stepped down from his role with immediate effect due to ill health.

Fry was appointed to the post in June last year, but after suffering a stroke in March has decided to relinquish his position following medical advice.

"As is now well known, I suffered a stroke on March 4th this year," 58-year-old Fry told

\"I have been very fortunate and I am delighted to be making significant progress with my recovery. On the advice of my doctors, however, I realise that I need to scale back my business activities.

"It is with regret, therefore, that I have decided to step down from my position as chairman of the Premier League which, given my continuing roles at Dairy Crest, CALA and Control Risks, demands more commitment than I am able to give currently.

"It would not be fair to the Premier League, nor its member clubs, not to be able to continue to give that commitment.

"I would like to thank the Premier League for its understanding and support during what has been a very difficult time.

"I am sure it will continue to go from strength to strength as an impressive, professional and progressive body as well as a fantastic football competition."

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said: "When the clubs appointed Anthony as our chairman, we knew we were getting a serious and robust figure with an impressive track record, and who cared about the game.

"It is a great shame that we were only just getting to see the full range of his capabilities when Anthony was taken ill.

"It is absolutely right for Anthony to concentrate on making a full recovery. I am sure I speak for all the Premier League clubs when I say that we respect that decision, and thank Anthony for all his efforts while in post."