The UEFA executive committee confirmed Friday that no potential election process would begin until Platini's legal challenge at CAS is completed
The European soccer championships trophy is put on display before a press conference to mark the hundred days to go before the start of Euro 2016 soccer tournament, in Paris, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Photo: AP Christophe Ena,
04 of March 2016 08:00:07
NYON, Switzerland – UEFA is ready to run a fast-track presidential election to replace Michel Platini if he fails to overturn his six-year ban.With the Court of Arbitration for Sport aiming to give Platini an appeal verdict in May, UEFA could call an election meeting before June 10, when the European Championship kicks off in Paris."It is possible after we have the decision from CAS," UEFA legal director Alasdair Bell said Friday, adding that current rules requiring a three-month election campaign "can be shortened."The UEFA executive committee confirmed Friday that no potential election process would begin until Platini's legal challenge at CAS is completed.Platini's appeal against his six-year ban for conflict of interest — taking a $2 million payment from FIFA approved by then-president Sepp Blatter in 2011 — was filed this week at the sports court in Lausanne, Switzerland.CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb told The Associated Press this week that a two-month timetable was realistic for the case.
Whenever there is a decision we can immediately hold an executive committee meeting and go to an accelerated process for the election."— Theodore Theodoridis. UEFA-appointed interim general secretary.UEFA has been without an elected leader since Platini was provisionally suspended from duty by FIFA last October.The perception of a leadership vacuum has seen top European clubs lobby publicly for changes to the Champions League format and finances favoring elite clubs.Theodore Theodoridis was appointed by the UEFA as the interim general secretary on Friday.