Russia’s acting football chief Pryadkin lauds reelection of UEFA President Ceferin

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RFU acting president Sergei Pryadkin

RFU acting president Sergei Pryadkin


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ROME, February 7. /TASS/. Aleksander Ceferin is a worthy and progressive president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), who managed to carry through the required reforms, Sergei Pryadkin, the acting president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), told TASS on Thursday.

Ceferin was re-elected earlier in the day for another four-year term. The 51-year-old Slovenian president of the European governing football body was a sole candidate running in the election, which was held during the 43rd Ordinary UEFA Congress in Italy’s Rome.

“The fact that all 55 member associations have unanimously expressed their support, including in the written form, speaks for the trust,” Pryadkin, who is also the president of the Russian Premier League (RPL), said in an interview with TASS.

“He [Ceferin] is definitely a worthy president and we support him as well,” Pryadkin said. “The reforms, which he implemented, prove that he is a progressive, competent and communicative. He managed to establish good relations with all federations in the times, which were not easy.”

Ceferin was elected as UEFA’s 7th president in September 2016. He won the election at an extraordinary UEFA congress in Athens having received 42 votes, while his only rival, UEFA vice president Michael van Praag, secured 13 votes.

The Slovenian football official succeeded Frenchman Michel Platini, who resigned in early 2016 after he had been suspended from all football related activities for four years. The new UEFA president was elected for the term of two and a half years until the election at the 43rd Ordinary UEFA Congress.

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