Budapest - UEFA will hold a special meeting before the
Europa League final in Switzerland on May 18 to decide how to choose a new
leader if Michel Platini fails to overturn a six-year ban from football.
Senior vice president Angel Maria Villar told the UEFA
congress in Budapest that the executive committee would meet in Basel to decide
the "procedures" to be taken after the Court of Arbitration (CAS)
rules on Platini's appeal.
Spanish football supremo Villar said UEFA must "remain
united" as it confronts the crisis caused by Platini's suspension by FIFA
over a suspect $2 million payment authorised by former FIFA leader Sepp Blatter
without a contract.
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CAS is scheduled to announce its decision on Platini's
appeal on May 9 and Villar said "we very much hope that Michel will be
back with us any day now".
He added, however, that the emergency executive meeting on
May 18 "will make its decision on the procedures, we will announce our
next steps, and take decisive steps for the good of the sport".
UEFA is anxious to have a leader in place for the European
Championship finals in France. Platini was a key organiser of the landmark
event in his home country and would be banned from official appearances at Euro
2016 if the suspension is upheld.
But there are also national associations in UEFA who have
called for a proper election campaign which could hold up a choice until later
in the year.
"UEFA is a great and extraordinary organisation despite
difficult situations such as this," Villar said in his appeal for unity.
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