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Villar exit leaves two for UEFA Presidency


 Football News 24/

Spanish Football Association (RFEF) president Ángel María Villar Llona has withdrawn from next week’s presidential election at Uefa, the sport’s European governing body.

The Uefa first vice-president said that he had taken the decision after being asked to stand for re-election this year as the head of the RFEF.

“Although I have received plenty of support to continue with my campaign, I have, after a deep reflection, decided to withdraw my candidacy,” Villar (pictured) said. “There have been many repre­sen­ta­tives of Spanish football who have made their voices heard and asked me to continue working for my country’s football by submitting a new bid in the next months for my re-election as president of RFEF.”

Villar’s withdrawal leaves just two candidates in the running for the Uefa presidency – Slovenian Football Association chief Aleksandar Ceferin and the Dutch, Michael van Praag. The winner of the election, which will take place during an extra­or­dinary congress in Athens next Wednesday, will succeed Frenchman Michel Platini, who resigned in May after failing in his bid to overturn a ban from football-related activity.

In November Villar was fined and warned by the adjudicatory chamber of the Fifa Ethics Committee for misconduct during the bid inves­tiga­tion surrounding the award of hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.


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