UEFA hopeful Van Praag complains nations turned back on him

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) UEFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag says that countries have reneged on promises to back him in Wednesday’s election to succeed Michel Platini.

The Dutch federation head has picked up four public endorsements, while rival Aleksander Ceferin says he is supported by more than 30 members from the 55-strong UEFA.

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Van Praag says “some people told me from the beginning that they would vote for me and then all of a sudden they turned their back to me. If you call that old school, then I can only say that happened.”

England, Belgium, Iceland and the Netherlands will vote for Van Praag.

If elected, the UEFA vice president “would reopen the negotiations” on the Champions League after complaints that England, Germany, Italy and Spain have been guaranteed four group-stage places.