23 Mar 2011

Platini re-elected UEFA president

6:29 am on 23 March 2011

The former World Footballer of the Year Michel Platini has been re-elected unopposed for another four year term as president of UEFA, the controlling body of European football.

Among his election promises, Platini pledged to continue his efforts to bring club spending under control and fight match-fixing and crowd violence.

He also promised to make international football a priority, and to keep the Champions League open to clubs from the smaller of Europe's 53 associations.

The 55 year old former France captain was visibly moved by the standing ovation he was given on his re-election.