Slovenia soccer leader Ceferin joins UEFA presidential race

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LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) The Slovenian soccer federation says its leader, Aleksander Ceferin, will enter the UEFA presidential contest.

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The federation says Ceferin confirmed his intentions after a regional meeting of 14 UEFA member federations in Moscow.

The 55 UEFA members will elect a president to replace Michel Platini on Sept. 14 in Athens.

Ceferin, a 48-year-old lawyer, has led the Slovenian federation for five years and is a member of FIFA’s disciplinary committee.

He follows UEFA vice president Michael van Praag of the Netherlands in launching a campaign. UEFA and FIFA vice president Angel Maria Villar of Spain is another expected entry by the July 20 deadline.

The winner will complete Platini’s presidential term, which ends in 2019.