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Meet the men in line to replace Platini at UEFA

May 10, 2016 09:02 IST

 Angel Maria Villar Llona

IMAGE: Joseph S. Blatter, left, embraces Angel Maria Villar Llona, FIFA Executive Committee member. Photograph: Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images.

Angel Maria Villar, the interim UEFA President, and General Secretary Theodore Theodoridis are bookmaker William Hill's favourites at 6-1 to replace Michel Platini as head of the European soccer's governing body.

Platini loses appeal over ethics ban, to quit UEFA

Michael van Praag and Giancarlo Abete, Presidents of the Dutch and Italian football associations respectively, are also front-runners at 10-1 with former Manchester United chief executive David Gill an outside chance at 16-1.

Frenchman Platini is to resign as UEFA President after losing a top level appeal against a ban for ethics violations on Monday.

"There will be a number of candidates up for the role of President and this looks as though it will be a hotly contested race just as the FIFA one was," William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly said.

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