Labour’s Ex-Finance Chief Ed Balls Named Chairman of Soccer Club

Norwich City soccer club has appointed the U.K. opposition Labour Party’s former finance spokesman Ed Balls as chairman.

Balls, 48, takes up his non-executive role with immediate effect, the English Premier League club said in a statement on its website Sunday.

“From the moment my dad first took me to watch City from the terraces at Carrow Road in 1973, my earliest ambition was to play for the club I loved,” Balls said in a statement. “But the next best thing is to become chairman of Norwich City, and do what I can off the pitch to help City succeed on the pitch.”

Balls lost his parliamentary seat in one of the high-profile surprise defeats of the U.K.’s general election in May.

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