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FA backing for Van Praag

07-September-2016
07-September-2016 16:43
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The Football Association has announced its support for Michael van Praag in the race to replace Michel Platini as UEFA president at next week's congress in Athens.

The 68-year-old head of Dutch football boss is up against the relatively unknown Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin, after Spain's Angel Maria Villar Llona quit the contest on Tuesday.

David Gill, FA vice-chairman and UEFA executive committee member, said English football's governing body had decided to back Van Praag after careful consideration of the candidates.

"While we note Angel Maria Villar Llona's withdrawal overnight and fully respect Aleksander Ceferin's credentials, we have agreed to support Michael van Praag," said Gill.

"He is someone we have come to know very well and worked closely with in recent years, particularly because of our shared commitment to securing FIFA reform.

"As UEFA president, Mr Van Praag would be able to provide the strong and credible leadership European football requires at a crucial moment for the global game."