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UEFA to elect Platini replacement on September 14

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 18 May 2016

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UEFA will elect a replacement for former president Michel Platini at a meeting in Athens on September 14.

Platini was banned from all football-related activity last year, after receiving a “disloyal payment” from then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter in 2011.

The Frenchman, who continues to deny wrongdoing, has since seen that suspension reduced to four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but they did not overturn his ban when their verdict was delivered on May 9. Following that decision, Platini confirmed his intention to resign.

UEFA has been without a president since the revelations and a new one will be chosen in September, meaning European football’s governing body will not have someone in the role permanently during Euro 2016 in France, which gets under way in less than a month’s time.

In a media conference in Basle on Wednesday, stand-in UEFA general secretary Theodore Theodoridis revealed senior vice president Angel Maria Villar would take over Platini’s official duties at the both European club cup finals and the Euros.

When asked if UEFA now considered Platini to be guilty following numerous failed appeals, Theodoridis replied: “It is not for UEFA to judge decisions of courts, we have to accept them and adapt.”

The closing deadlines for candidates to enter the race is July 20, although Theodoridis explained that the official process is not open as yet.

Villar and Slovenian federation president Aleksander Ceferin are reportedly interested in the role, while KNVB chief Michael van Praag “expressed his interest”, according to Theodoridis.

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