Ce­ferin Poised For UEFA Re-Elec­tion

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PARIS (Dis­patches) - In­cum­bent Alek­sander Ce­ferin is vir­tu­ally as­sured re-elec­tion as UEFA pres­i­dent af­ter Eu­ro­pean foot­ball’s rul­ing body con­firmed Thurs­day he is the sole can­di­date for next Fe­bru­ary’s elec­tions.

Slove­nian Ce­ferin, a lawyer, has held the post since 2016 when he re­placed for­mer France leg­end Michel Pla­tini, who was forced to re­sign sev­eral months pre­vi­ously fol­low­ing con­fir­ma­tion of his sus­pen­sion by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

UEFA had set a date limit of Novem­ber 7 for po­ten­tial can­di­dates to for­mally ex­press in­ter­est ahead of the Fe­bru­ary 7, 2019 elec­tion, to be held in Rome. Ce­ferin, 51, was pre­vi­ously pres­i­dent of the Slove­nian foot­ball fed­er­a­tion from 2011 to 2016. Known for his dis­cre­tion and less charis­matic ap­proach com­pared to Pla­tini, Ce­ferin ve­he­mently op­posed a raft of re­cent pro­pos­als by FIFA pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino.

In­fantino, a can­di­date for his own re-elec­tion in June 2019, courted con­tro­versy in re­cent weeks with a num­ber of pro­pos­als that sparked op­po­si­tion from UEFA.

In­fantino agreed at a re­cent FIFA Coun­cil meet­ing in Rwanda to de­lay any de­ci­sion over his plans for a Club World Cup and a global Na­tions League, in­stead set­ting up a task­force to study the pro­pos­als.

That was re­port­edly af­ter UEFA del­e­gates threat­ened to walk out in protest.

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