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FAI nails its colours to the mast and backs Ceferin to replace Platini as Uefa boss

The Slovenian football chief is aiming to win September’s election.

FAI chief executive John Delaney (file photo).
FAI chief executive John Delaney (file photo).
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

ALEKSANDER CEFERIN HAS received the support of the FAI as he bids to become the new president of Uefa.

European football’s governing body will hold an election in Athens this September to find a permanent replacement for former chief Michel Platini, who is currently serving a four-year ban from all football-related activities for corruption.

Head of Slovenia’s Football Association Ceferin will go up against Dutch Football Association boss Michael van Praag or ex-Spanish midfielder Angel Maria Villar Llona in the presidential race.

And in a statement released today, FAI CEO John Delaney revealed which candidate it plans to back.

“I have seen first-hand the great work that Aleksander has done for football and we have been very impressed with him so far,” said Delaney.

I believe that he has all the attributes to bring and create the perfect balance to bring UEFA forward.

“He has been a very progressive and extremely innovative leader in his native Slovenia and his successful candidacy would be a very positive move for European football and the administration as a whole.”

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