Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin says his election as President of UEFA is a great honour and responsibility.
Slovenia’s Ceferin elected UEFA president, takes on ‘great responsibility’
SHOWS: ATHENS, GREECE (SEPTEMBER 14, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)
1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEWLY ELECTED UEFA PRESIDENT ALEKSANDER CEFERIN, SAYING:
“It’s a great honour but at the same time a great responsibility. It means a lot to me, and my family is very proud about it, my small and beautiful Slovenia is very proud about it, and I hope that one day you will also be proud of me.”
STORY: Aleksander Ceferin, the president of Slovenia’s football federation, was overwhelmingly elected as the new head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA at an extraordinary Congress on Wednesday (September 14).
Ceferin, 48, beat Dutchman Michael van Praag, the only other candidate, by 42 votes to 13 and will succeed Frenchman Michel Platini, who announced his resignation in May after being banned from football for four years for ethics violations.
“It’s a great honour but at the same time a great responsibility,” said Ceferin after the decision was announced by acting president Angel Maria Villar.
“My small and beautiful Slovenia is very proud about it and I hope that one day you will also be very proud about it.”
Ceferin, who is not a member of UEFA’s executive committee, was little known outside his own country until he announced his intention to run in June.
Each of UEFA’s 55 member associations had one vote in the election. Both candidates had promised to help the smaller countries and leagues in the face of a growing divide between a handful of rich clubs and everyone else