Platini re-elected as UEFA president

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PARIS, France -- UEFA president Michel Platini was re-elected unopposed for a second term Tuesday.

Platini, 55, ended former president Lennart Johansson's 16-year reign in 2007, and received a one-minute standing ovation after being confirmed as the head of Europe's governing body for another four years.

The former France captain opened the UEFA Champions League to more mid-ranking teams and expanded the European Championships from 16 to 24 teams, starting in 2016 in France, in his first term.

Platini announced he will continue his efforts to curb spending by club teams, and hopes to have a system in place that will bar non-complying teams from any European club events in the next few years.

"We have intensified and improved our relations with the European institutions ... and finally, together, we have launched the great financial fair play project which must protect club football," Platini said.


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