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    Angel Maria Villar withdraws from Uefa presidential race

    Sep 7, 2016

    MADRID — Uefa presidential candidate Angel Maria Villar has ended his bid to succeed Michel Platini in an election next week.

    Villar says in a statement on the Spanish soccer federation website that "after a profound reflection I have decided to withdraw my bid."

    The veteran Fifa and Uefa vice president received little support ahead of the Sept. 14 contest against Aleksander Ceferin of Slovenia and Uefa vice president Michael van Praag of the Netherlands.

    Villar says he will focus on winning re-election as president of the Spanish federation, which he has led for 28 years.

    Villar, who was warned and fined by the Fifa ethics committee last year, notes he passed a Fifa integrity check last week.

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