Fulham director Stuart Benson has resigned, the club have confirmed this morning.

Benson, a longstanding legal advisor to chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed has stepped down from the club’s board with immediate effect.

A statement on the club’s website quoted Benson as saying:

“Sadly, commitments to other various new businesses with which I am involved, and of which I have agreed to become a director, mean that I can no longer participate as actively as I would want, and as is needed from a director, in the club’s affairs and activities.

I am delighted that we were able to achieve our most successful season under the remarkable management and guidance of Roy Hodgson and to fulfil the ambition of reaching Europe. It has been a rare privilege to serve the club, its fantastic supporters and its Chairman for so many years, and I am sure I echo the thoughts of all fans in saying that the dedication, vision and financial support of the Chairman which I have been able to witness at first hand has been truly extraordinary.”

Benson will continue in his roles as a trustee of the Fulham Foundation and other charities closely connected to Al-Fayed.