New President For Uefa; Platini Booted For Good

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Aleksander Ceferin was elected as the new President of the European Football governing body on Wednesday replacing Michel Platini.

Ceferin, who has been the head of the Football Association of Slovenia since 2011, takes on the remainder of Platini’s term of office, until 2019.

The 49 year old Slovenian said he will stand up to the big clubs and deal with all situations at hand accordingly. He added that he will show the clubs that its them who are the governing body.

“I am not a showman, I have no ego issues and I am not a man of unrealistic promises. There is a lot of work to do like match-fixing, security and safety, and racism as issues to address “, he said after being elected.

The new head of Uefa comfortably defeated the Dutch football administrator Michael Van Praag by 42 votes to 13.

Europe’s 55 national football associations participated in the polls on Wednesday.

Aleksander said his first task would be tackling wide-spread dissatisfaction at controversial changes to the Champions League agreed between Uefa and the European Club Association (ECA) which has 220 members from 53 FAs, in favour of the big clubs.

“Whether I want it or not, I will have to deal with that and it will be the first thing to deal with”, he said.

Caferine will stand up to the big clubs after Uefa increased the number of places allocated to clubs from Germany, England, Spain and Italy in the lucrative group stage and cut the slot for the smaller countries.

 

 

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