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  • FIFA Approves Three Candidates for UEFA Presidency


    09/05/16

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    (ATR) All three candidates for the UEFA presidency have passed the eligibility checks conducted by FIFA.

    Aleksander Čeferin, Michael van Praag and Ángel María Villar Llona are in the race to replace Michel Platini, who resigned over a financial scandal earlier this year. 

    Van Praag heads the Dutch FA. Villar is president of Spain's national football federation, while Ceferin leads the Slovenian association.

    The UEFA election takes place at the Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Athens on Sept.14.

    Like other confederation presidents, the new head of UEFA will automatically become a FIFA vice-president.

    UEFA confirmed that Evelina Christillin, who is running for a female position on the FIFA Council, has also complied with the world football federation’s eligibility requirements. The election of UEFA’s additional female member on FIFA's ruling body is the other main item of business at the meeting in the Greek capital next week.

    FIFA Names Finance Chief

    Thomas Peyer from Switzerland started in the role of FIFA’s chief finance officer today, replacing Markus Kattner who was fired in a corruption scandal. Peyer joins from Kuoni Group where he was group CFO. He has 25 years' experience in the financial sector and previously worked as a project manager for AXA Winterthur Insurance in Zurich and London.

    FIFA sacked deputy secretary general Kattner in May for breaching ethics rules after a 13-year career at the federation. The 45-year-old is alleged to have awarded himself bonuses running to millions of dollars over a number of years.

    Reported by Mark Bisson

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