London — England is backing Michael van Praag in next week's
election to succeed Michel Platini as president of UEFA.
The 68-year-old Van Praag is in a head-to-head contest with
Slovenian federation leader Aleksander Ceferin. Angel Maria Villar of Spain withdrew
from the race on Tuesday.
English Football Association vice chairman David Gill says
Van Praag "would be able to provide the strong and credible leadership
European football requires at a crucial moment for the global game."
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The UEFA vote will be Sept. 14 in Athens. France and Germany
have backed Ceferin.
Gill, who is also a UEFA vice president like Van Praag, says
the Dutchman is the "right choice to bring all aspects of the European
game closer together."
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