Michel Platini has revealed he will stand for a second term as UEFA president next year.
Platini, who has held the role since January 2007, told the XXXIV Ordinary UEFA Congress in Tel Aviv that he is eager to continue his work.
“I am a happy man, a happy president and happy to work with you,” he said. “There is more work to do in the future so I am happy to announce to you that I am a candidate for re-election to the presidency of UEFA.”
It had been suggested that Platini may stand for FIFA president, but he has confirmed that he remains committed to pushing through the agenda he proposed at the previous year’s congress in Copenhagen.
He had guaranteed that Euro 2012 would place in Poland and the Ukraine, promised there would be ‘financial fair play’ in the sport, vowed to halt the traffic of minors and stamp out illegal betting fraud.
“I told you, word for word, that in this area we will act because it is a question of ethics, a question of credibility and even a question of survival for our sport,” Platini told the congress. “I can tell you today that we have acted.
“We have acted because, since Copenhagen, all the families of football, without exception, have approved our concept and the principles of financial fair play. Principles that are supported and encouraged by the institutions of the European Union.
“A Uefa Club Financial Control Panel has been set up, involving some of the top European experts on these issues … It is now established that, from the 2012-13 season, clubs participating in European competitions will have to follow a simple but demanding rule: they will not be allowed to spend more than they earn.
“Today, thanks to this set of decisions on financial fair play, and especially in view of the reaction of all members of the football family to these measures, it is clear that football has matured.”