England supports Dutchman van Praag to be UEFA chief

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London, Sep 7 (IANS) The English Football Association (FA) has announced its support for Dutch football chief Michael van Praag for the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) presidency.

“Van Praag would provide the strong leadership European football requires,” said English FA vice-chairman David Gill to BBC on Tuesday.

“In all, he has a proven track record across domestic and international matters that can only help UEFA go forward.”

The announcement comes after Spanish football boss Angel Maria Villar Llona pulled out of the presidency race.

Van Praag, 68, has headed the Dutch FA since 2008, and is also vice-president of European football’s governing body.

He is up against Slovenian FA president Aleksander Ceferin, with the vote taking place on September 14.

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UEFA is seeking a new president after former France star Michel Platini quit on May 9, after failing to overturn his ban from all football activities.



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