UEFA has elected Aleksander Ceferin as its new president. The Slovenian officially succeeding Michel Platini on Wednesday.
Aleksander Ceferin will complete the suspended Platini’s four-year presidential term through until 2019, while the frenchman serves a four-term FIFA ban over an improper payment.
The head of the Slovenian federation, beat UEFA vice president Michael van Praag of the Netherlands 42-13 in the vote at the European body’s Extraordinary Congress in Athens.
The 48-year-old, who has never served on UEFA’s executive committee, is the seventh president in the 62-year history of UEFA.
Čeferin said combining running a law firm in Slovenia with leading the country’s soccer federation required him to be “creative, strong and inspiring. You can say that I am young and experienced but I honestly think it disrespectful for all small and medium-sized federations who, 365 days a year, have to do more with less.”
UEFA was forced to call the special election after Platini was banned by FIFA’s ethics judge last year for taking a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) from the global governing body in 2011.
Despite being banned from holding any position of power or involvement in soccer, Platini was allowed by FIFA’s ethics judge to address UEFA delegates on Wednesday as a “gesture of humanity.” [Source: Sport Industry Biz]