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Ceferin has given no thought on making Platini honorary UEFA president

Aleksander Ceferin has given no thought to the idea of making Michel Platini an honorary president of UEFA after being elected to replace the Frenchman as the head of Europe’s governing body.

Disgraced former president Platini resigned his position in May after failing to overturn a ban from all football-related activity in relation to a disloyal payment from former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Platini, whose initial six-year suspension was reduced to four, was granted permission to address UEFA’s Congress in Athens on Wednesday in a farewell speech.

But Ceferin, who defeated Michael van Praag 42 votes to 13 in the ballot of UEFA’s member nations, merely responded “I did not think about it” when asked if honorary presidency was an option for Platini.

The 48-year-old – head of the Slovenian Football Association – also stated that he has not yet given consideration on running for re-election, with his term only running until 2019 – when Platini’s term would have ended.

“It’s too early to think about re-election,” he added. 

“In any case, I will try to do as many things on my programme as possible.”

Wed 14 Sep, 2016
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