Platini facing Euro 2016 rebuff as UEFA seek new chief

The race to become Platini’s successor, however, has already begun.

Spanish football chief Villar, who will hand out the trophies to the winners of the Europa League later Wednesday and the Champions League on May 28, is reported to be in the running.

A former professional with Athletic Bilbao and Spain, Villar is effectively acting as UEFA’s president – hence his role in awarding the Euro 2016 trophy later this summer.

Detractors, however, have pointed to Villar’s closeness to ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter before the Swiss’s own fall from grace from football’s top job. A vice-president of FIFA, Villar has been a member of its executive committee since 1998.

Michael van Praag, the long-time president of the Dutch Football Association, is also a candidate.

Portugal’s FA chief Fernando Gomes is also reportedly in the running, and reports in recent days suggested Aleksander Ceferin, the President of the Slovenia Football Federation (NZS), could also bid to succeed Platini.

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