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Mar 24, 2015

Soccer-Former Croatia striker Suker elected to UEFA Exco

VIENNA, March 24 (Reuters) – Croatia’s all-time top scorer Davor Suker was elected to UEFA’s executive committee on Tuesday and is now one of four former professional players on the European confederation’s governing body.

Suker played a key role in Croatia’s third-place finish at their first World Cup as an independent nation in 1998, ending up as the tournament’s leading marksman with six goals.

Mar 24, 2015

UEFA loves FIFA dearly, says re-elected Platini

VIENNA (Reuters) – Michel Platini was re-elected by acclamation as UEFA president for a third term on Tuesday and immediately told Congress delegates not to believe everything they heard about the confederation’s relationship with FIFA.

The former France international, who has been president since 2007, was handed another four-year term by delegates of the 54-member nations after standing unopposed.

Mar 24, 2015

Soccer-UEFA loves FIFA dearly, says re-elected Platini

VIENNA, March 24 (Reuters) – Michel Platini was re-elected by acclamation as UEFA president for a third term on Tuesday and immediately told Congress delegates not to believe everything they heard about the confederation’s relationship with FIFA.

The former France international, who has been president since 2007, was handed another four-year term by delegates of the 54-member nations after standing unopposed.

Mar 24, 2015

Muted UEFA response as Blatter calls for unity

VIENNA (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter received muted applause from UEFA delegates after he gave a low-key speech at the opening of their congress on Tuesday which included a less-than-subtle call for unity ahead of May’s FIFA presidential elections.

Most European delegates, including president Michel Platini, are against Blatter winning a fifth term of office as the head of world football’s governing body, openly backing the men standing against him.

Mar 24, 2015

Soccer-Muted UEFA response as Blatter calls for unity

VIENNA, March 24 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter received muted applause from UEFA delegates after he gave a low-key speech at the opening of their congress on Tuesday which included a less-than-subtle call for unity ahead of May’s FIFA presidential elections.

Most European delegates, including president Michel Platini, are against Blatter winning a fifth term of office as the head of world soccer’s governing body, openly backing the men standing against him.

Mar 23, 2015

Blatter faces harshest critics at UEFA Congress

VIENNA (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter will come face to face with some of his harshest critics on Tuesday, most of whom will be voting to remove him from office when the Swiss stands for re-election in May.

The 79-year-old is to address the 54-member nations of UEFA at their annual Congress knowing most of the delegates are backing the other three candidates: Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Dutchman Michael van Praag and Luis Figo of Portugal.

Mar 23, 2015

Soccer-Blatter faces harshest critics at UEFA Congress

VIENNA, March 23 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter will come face to face with some of his harshest critics on Tuesday, most of whom will be voting to remove him from office when the Swiss stands for re-election in May.

The 79-year-old is to address the 54-member nations of UEFA at their annual Congress knowing most of the delegates are backing the other three candidates: Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Dutchman Michael van Praag and Luis Figo of Portugal.

Mar 23, 2015

Van Praag unhappy TV debate with Blatter is off

VIENNA (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag said on Monday he was “very disappointed” a television debate with the other challengers had been abandoned because incumbent Sepp Blatter refused to take part.

Van Praag, in a four-way fight for the presidency with Blatter, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan and Luis Figo of Portugal, added that he had welcomed the TV proposal from the BBC and Sky Sports in co-operation with NOS, the Dutch public broadcasting service.

Mar 23, 2015

Soccer-Van Praag unhappy TV debate with Blatter is off

VIENNA, March 23 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag said on Monday he was “very disappointed” a television debate with the other challengers had been abandoned because incumbent Sepp Blatter refused to take part.

Van Praag, in a four-way fight for the presidency with Blatter, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan and Luis Figo of Portugal, added that he had welcomed the TV proposal from the BBC and Sky Sports in co-operation with NOS, the Dutch public broadcasting service.

Mar 22, 2015

Gill to take FA’s fight against Blatter into FIFA Exco

LONDON (Reuters) – Former Manchester United chief executive David Gill will become one of the “awkward squad” asking the difficult questions if he is elected as Britain’s FIFA vice-president, English FA chairman Greg Dyke said.

Gill, 57, is standing against Wales’ Trefor Lloyd Hughes and is expected to be elected when delegates from UEFA’s 54 countries vote at their annual congress in Vienna on Tuesday.