Gill wins vote for FIFA role

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Published: Tuesday 24th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Manchester United director David Gill has been elected as Britain’s FIFA vice-president.

Gill, who is also vice-chairman of the Football Association, will succeed Northern Ireland’s Jim Boyce in May and will have a four-year term on FIFA’s executive committee.

The 57-year-old beat Football Association of Wales’ president Trefor Lloyd Hughes by 43 votes to 10 in the election by UEFA’s 54 member nations at their congress in Vienna.

FA chairman Greg Dyke has said he wants Gill to be part of the “awkward squad” on FIFA asking tough questions and keeping an eye on financial decisions.

Earlier, Lloyd Hughes and Scottish FA president Campbell Ogilivie failed in their attempt to be elected to UEFA’s executive committee. They were among 12 candidates for seven seats – in the second round of voting Lloyd Hughes secured only a single one of the possible 54 votes.

The new names on UEFA’s executive committee include the former Croatia and Arsenal striker Davor Suker, and Boris Mikhailov, the former Reading and Bulgaria goalkeeper who was renowned for wearing a wig even in matches.

Published: Tuesday 24th March 2015 by The News Editor

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