Ceferin to replace Platini as UEFA boss

Aleksander Ceferin has been elected as the new president of Europe's football governing body UEFA, replacing Michel Platini.

The head of the Slovenian Football Association won 42 of the 55 votes to beat his rival, Dutch administrator Michael van Praag, in Wednesday's Extraordinary Congress in Athens.

Ceferin had only van Praag to contend with after acting president Angel Maria Villar withdrew from the election, with former president Platini banned from football for ethics violations.

"First and foremost, I will look to change to the UEFA statutes to include term-mandate limitations for the president and UEFA executive committee," Ceferin told ESPN earlier in the week.

"I don't believe that officials serving for 20 or more years in such key positions is healthy for any organisation. I would put more emphasis on battling match fixing, which is a disease on our sport, by introducing more security and integrity.

"Thirdly, I would change the bidding process for big competitions and finals for the Champions League, European Championship and other major events. This needs to become completely transparent."

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