UEFA to elect new president in September - Van Praag a candidate

UEFA will elect a president in September to replace Michel Platini, European football's governing body said Wednesday.

Platini is now serving a four-year ban from football in connection with a disloyal payment of some 2 million Swiss francs (2 million dollars) he received in 2011 from then FIFA president Joseph Blatter.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld his football ban but reduced it from six to four years.

Platini said Wednesday in a statement that he had decided to resign his mandate on May 9, following the court's decision. But he added that he hoped to formally step down at a UEFA congress where the new president will be elected.

"I intend to be able to express my recognition for their support," Platini said, referring to the 55 national associations that comprise the UEFA. "But I also want to be able to look them in the eye and say that I never betrayed their confidence or failed in my duties or my values."

The new president will be elected by member federations at a congress on September 14 in Athens, Greece, interim secretary general Theodore Theodoridis said in Basel.

Former FIFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag, 69, head of the Dutch football federation, declared his intention to stand. The deadline for candidates to announce bids is July 20.

The new president will complete Platini's term, which runs to March 2019, and become a FIFA vice president.

Vice president Angel Maria Villar of Spain, who is also being seen as a potential candidate, will continue to act as administrative president until the election. He will also present the trophy to the winners of Euro 2016 on July 10, Theodoridis said.

Platini, 60, said he would be resigning following the CAS ruling but contest his ban through the Swiss civil courts.

UEFA's chief lawyer Alasdair Bell made it clear Wednesday that Platini had not yet resigned and although suspended he officially remains president until a new president is elected.

It remained unclear whether Platini had the right to attend Euro 2016 matches in France as a guest of UEFA which has asked world governing body for clarification.

"For us, the answers we have received are not that clear," Theodoridis said. "We are seeking further clarification. We don't want to violate any FIFA rule."

Last update: Wed, 18/05/2016 - 19:15

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