Michel Platini Re-Elected President Of UEFA

The French legend will enjoy another four years at the helm of European football...
UEFA president Michel Platini has been re-elected as the head of European football for another four-year term.

Platini ran unopposed for the position after proving popular in his first spell in charge, when he introduced financial rules to curb reckless spending by Europe's premier clubs.

Among his pledges for the next four years are to tackle violence inside football grounds, as well as illegal betting.

On the subject of violence, Platini said there have been "incidents in far too many grounds around Europe", and praised the SFA (Scottish Football Association) on its stand against sectarianism.

He told the UEFA congress in Paris: "As George Peat and Stewart Regan [president and chief executive of the SFA] so rightly put in a recent statement on behalf of the Scottish association, there is no place in football for those who transform passion into violence and pride into sectarianism.

"Every country should establish a whole battery of legal measures enabling them to ban hooligans from stadiums. Every country should appoint a prosecutor in charge of illegal betting and corruption in sport.

"I have started meeting the heads of state and governments of countries particularly affected by this problem. It is important that their countries realise the seriousness of the situation and that they find a way to help us, you and their national associations."

Platini also told of his belief in the financial fair play rules that he introduced during his first term in office.

"This project should enable us to prevent some of our most time-honoured clubs from going under because of risky management by an irresponsible few," he said.

"In 1984 Jacques Georges [former UEFA president] used a phrase that I have been drumming home constantly for months and thought I had coined myself - that we all know what it means if we spend more than we earn, and in football it would mean the end of the game. So perhaps history does sort of repeat itself after all.

"Financial fair play is a crucial project that will enable us to clean up certain practices within our game. It will be implemented in full in the course of my next term and we will apply the rules with the courage and resolution for which UEFA should be known."

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