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Thursday, March 24, 2011

UEFA's Platini re-elected unopposed

PARIS (AP) Michel Platini was re-elected UEFA president unopposed on Tuesday in the presence of Sepp Blatter and Mohamed bin Hammam, who hope to draw on the Frenchman's popularity to sway their FIFA presidency race.

After the UEFA Congress gave Platini a second four-year term heading up European soccer's governing body, he received a one-minute standing ovation.

"I thought I was young enough not to have emotions, but it's not possible," Platini said, his voice breaking.

"The difference this time, is I had a feeling I would win," he joked, having defeated Swedish incumbent Lennart Johansson in 2007.

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