The Slovenia Times

Scandinavian associations endorse Čeferin for UEFA president


The Scandinavian countries would like to see the Slovenian lawyer appointed the new boss of the administrative body for football in Europe at the electoral congress in Athens in September.

The letter of endorsement, released on Friday, was signed by the heads of Sweden's Karl Erik Nilsson, Denmark's Jesper Möller, Norways's Terje Svendsen and Finland's Pertti Alaja.

"We have the same interest to implement some reforms and have a common view about good governance of the European and World football," the heads of the four associations said in their statement.

Nilsson expects that more national football associations will follow suit and endorse Čeferin, with which, according to him, UEFA "has a chance to make a new beginning".

Čeferin has meanwhile not taken his final decision on the candidacy for the post.

UEFA is expected to appoint a replacement for its suspended president Michel Platini on 14 September in Athens. Candidates can file their bids by 20 July.

The press release also carries a statement by Čeferin, who said that he was "very proud and honoured to receive support from countries I appreciate," adding he was ready to discuss the proposal with other national associations.

Čeferin, who reportedly enjoys support from Italy and football associations from the former Yugoslav republics, Greece, Albania and Turkey, would be competing against Michael van Praag of the Netherlands and Angel Villar of Spain, among others.

Čeferin was confirmed for his second term at the helm of the Slovenian Football Association (NZS) in February.

The lawyer coming from one of the most high-profile law firms in Slovenia took over from Ivan Simič in February 2011, after Simič resigned over a dispute with players on bonuses for World Cup play.

Čeferin is also a vice-chairman of the Legal Committee of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), and a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA).


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