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Platini secures third term as UEFA president

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Vien, March 23: Michel Platini will be elected to a third term as UEFA president here on Tuesday unopposed as he is the only candidate for the top post in the European football governing body .

The 59-year-old, who led France to the European Championship in 1984, was first elected as UEFA president in 2007 and remained in the position in 2011.

Platini decided not to challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency in May. But he is backing the three candidates — Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, FIFA vice-president from Jordan; Dutch football federation president Michael van Praag; and former Portugal intertiol Luis Figo — battling to oust the 79-year-old veteran.

“FIFA needs new ideas, new programmes,” Platini said.

In his eight years of ruling UEFA, Platini has reinforced the stature of the Champions League, now one of the world’s most valuable sports brands. UEFA says the current tourment will bring in 1.34 billion euros ($1.45 billion).

He insists that clubs cannot spend more than they earn under UEFA’s Fincial Fair Play rules. Offenders face tough sanctions as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have already learnt.

The European Championship for countries is also being reformed. Euro 2020 will be played in 13 cities in 13 different countries.

A tions League, which offers qualification for the European Championship fils, will from 2018 replace most of the friendlies played by European countries that get little attention. IANS

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