Acting UEFA president pulls out of race to succeed Michel Platini

Michael van Praag and Aleksander Ceferin remain in the race

Acting UEFA president pulls out of race to succeed Michel Platini

UEFA headquarters, Nyon, Switzerland ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Acting UEFA president Angel Maria Villar has dropped out of the race to succeed Michel Platini on a permanent basis.

The head of Spanish football wants to focus on the game in his country.

Dutchman Michael van Praag and Slovenia's Aleksander Ceferin remain in the running.

Ceferin has been backed by the Football Association of Ireland, while Van Praag was an early candidate for the FIFA presidency.

The election for UEFA President will take place in Athens, Greece on September 14th.