“we love FIFA” as UEFA president is re-elected for third term – Michel Platini

Michel Platini insisted that UEFA “loves FIFA” after he was re-elected unopposed as UEFA president for a third four-year term. 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 serve four more years. “Thank you thank you very much,” he said. “Thank you for your trust and your kind support. This means more to me than you can possibly imagine. “I am proud to be your team-mate, proud to be the captain of this winning team and proud of our achievements.

Addressing the presidents of the other five
confederations, he added: “We want a FIFA that is
respectable and respected. Certain people are trying to turn us against each other and isolate us and call us arrogant and selfish Europeans – but don’t believe everything you hear. “We know we are in a privileged position and we will work for the good of the 209 national associations and the good of FIFA as well. The Greek Super League was suspended for a week by the government earlier this year after persistent crowd trouble.

You have my word on that.”. Platini then turned his attention to an increasing level of hooliganism across Europe, and said it was something that needed addressing during his next term in office. “In recent months, we have all been struck by
certain images that I thought were a thing of the
past,” said Platini. In my case, it was exactly 30 years ago. “Nobody wants a repeat of such events. We need tougher stadium bans at European level and – I will say it again, the creation of a European sports police force. “This
is something I starting calling for back in 2007, just after I was first elected.” FIFA presidential candidates Michael van Praag of the Netherlands, Luis Figo of Portugal and Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan were scheduled to give campaign speeches to delegates later Tuesday.


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