Michel Platini re-elected for third term as UEFA president
UEFA president Michel Platini has been re-elected to a third four-year term, UEFA announced on Tuesday.
Platini, 59, has been in charge of UEFA since 2007. He was the only candidate on the ballot during the XXXIX Ordinary UEFA Congress in Vienna.
Platini addressed the 54 delegate countries and thanked them for voting for him once again.
"I am proud to be your team-mate, proud to be the captain of this winning team and proud of our achievements," he added. "And I am excited to be taking on the challenges that await us over the next four years.
"I know that I can count on you. And you know that you can count on me," the UEFA president emphasized. "It is the closeness of that bond between us that makes us strong and allows us to take these bold and courageous decisions – decisions which always pay off. This mutual trust, this participatory democracy, is our hallmark, our trademark, and we will continue to work this way over the next four years. You have my word on that.”
Platini has been viewed as a possible successor to FIFA president Sepp Blatter, but decided not to challenge him during the upcoming election.
Platini has been critical of Blatter and FIFA in recent years, saying Blatter is not working for the good of the sport and suggesting he not run for re-election.
- Paul Palladino