Michel Platini re-elected as UEFA president for 3rd term

Michel Platini was re-elected as UEFA president on Tuesday, and two critics of Sepp Blatter were chosen to join the FIFA executive committee. In his acceptance speech, Platini pledged his love for FIFA despite supporting all three candidates against Blatter in the world governing body’s own presidential election.

Platini ran unopposed to extend his reign, which started in 2007, and was voted in by acclamation by the leaders of UEFA’s 54 member federations to

Michel Platini was re-elected as UEFA president on Tuesday, and two critics of Sepp Blatter were chosen to join the FIFA executive committee. In his acceptance speech, Platini pledged his love for FIFA despite supporting all three candidates against Blatter in the world governing bodyand#39s own presidential election.

Platini ran unopposed to extend his reign, which started in 2007, and was voted in by acclamation by the leaders of UEFAand#39s 54 member federations to serve four more years. andldquoThis means more to me than you could possible imagine,andrdquo Platini said in an acceptance speech in French.

Platini also retained his position as a FIFA vice president through 2019. The former France great will be joined on the FIFA executive committee by former Manchester United CEO David Gill and Germany football federation president Wolfgang Niersbach.

Both previously said Blatter should leave FIFA this year Though Platini opted not to stand against Blatter in the FIFA election on May 29, UEFA backs all three other candidates. andldquoWe love FIFA deeply,andrdquo Platini said, watched by Blatter sitting at the front of the congress hall.

andldquoIt is entirely because we love and respect FIFA that we want it to be perfect. We Europeans want a strong FIFA, a FIFA that is respectable and respected,andrdquo Platini added, before taking an apparent jibe at his onetime mentor

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman