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Spain's Villar drops out of UEFA presidential poll

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Disgraced Michel Platini to attend UEFA Congress in Athens

The victor of the UEFA election, due to take place on September 14 in Athens, will automatically become a Federation Internationale de Football Association vice-president and will have a seat on the organisation's ruling Council.

The 68-year-old Praag is also vice president of European football's governing body and has headed the Dutch FA since 2008.

Angel Maria Villar has withdrawn from the race to succeed Michel Platini as then next UEFA president.

The Football Association has backed Dutchman Michael van Praag to become the next UEFA president.

Both Gill and former FA chairman Greg Dyke forged a close relationship with Van Praag when the 68-year-old Dutchman stood against former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter last year.

"Van Praag would provide the strong leadership European football requires", said English FA vice-chairman David Gill to BBC on Tuesday.

"He would represent the European member associations with dignity and integrity while building on the good work UEFA has been carrying out in key areas such as promoting football for all, the growth of the women's game and the fight against discrimination", Gill added.

Both Blatter and Platini have been banned from all footballing activities for eight years.

The vote, if it even comes to that, will take place on the morning of September 14.

It is undeniable, however, that Ceferin has Infantino's backing, tacit or otherwise, although it is hardly new for a potential UEFA president to enjoy FIFA support, as Platini was very much Blatter's man until they fell out over the former's succession to football's top job.

The fact that major, influential western FAs such as Germany and France are also on board points to Ceferin seizing decisive command of the electoral stage.

But the canny lawyer was always simply keeping the presidential seat warm for someone else long term and in recent weeks has had to endure the additional pressure of an ignominious domestic spat over his role as head of his national federation where he divides opinion.

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