Aleksander Ceferin elected as new UEFA president
Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
Athens, Greece (4E Sports) – UEFA has a new president as Aleksander Ceferin has been elected to replace Michel Platini Wednesday at the Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Athens.
Ceferin , who was appointed president of the Slovenian FA in 2011, defeated Michael van Praag by winning 42 of the 55 votes.
“My small and beautiful Slovenia is very proud about, it and I hope one day you will also be very proud of me,” Ceferin said.
“Some people may have said that I am not a leader, that I am too young and too inexperienced to become the next UEFA president,” he added.
Ceferin will replace Platini , who was banned after he was found guilty of ethics violations in December for taking a payment of two million Swiss francs ($2 million) from FIFA in 2011.
Earlier, Ceferin enumerated his plans on how to implement reforms in European football.
“First and foremost, I will look to change to the UEFA statutes to include term-mandate limitations for the president and UEFA executive committee,” he said.
Also, Ceferin wants to put emphasis on battling match fixing by introducing more security and integrity and change the bidding process for big competitions and finals for the Champions League, European Championship and other major events.
“This needs to become completely transparent,” he said.