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UEFA names new general secretary

Newly appointed acting UEFA general secretary, Theodore Theodoridis of Greece, attends a news conference in Nyon, Switzerland, March 4, 2016.
Newly appointed acting UEFA general secretary, Theodore Theodoridis of Greece, attends a news conference in Nyon, Switzerland, March 4, 2016. Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Theodore Theodoridis was appointed as interim general secretary on Friday, but the UEFA insisted no decision on whether to replace Michel Platini as president would be taken until his appeals are finished.

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The appointment of the Greek administrator Theodoridis comes after Gianni Infantino left the role to become the new president of FIFA.

Theodoridis joined UEFA in 2008 and has been in charge of relations with various national football associations across Europe. The 50-year-old Greek served as Infantino’s deputy secretary general before his appointment.

However, Theodoridis, who takes over at one of the most difficult year's ever for world football, cannot take over the key post at the most powerful continental confederation until Michel Platini's future is decided.

The French football legend is currently serving a six year ban over a suspect 1.8 million euros payment from former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter.

If Platini wins an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Platini could return to decide who he wants as his right-hand man.

"The UEFA executive Committee confirmed its decision of January that no UEFA presidential elections will be scheduled until a decision has been made by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Michel Platini's appeal," said a statement.

The court that handed down the verdict for Platini said that they would do everything in their power to settle things down before the European Championships start in France on June 10.

Platini, who has denied any wrongdoing over the payment, is desperate to keep his post at UEFA.

And off the back of this announcement, UEFA have announced that Goal-line technology will be introduced to this season’s Champions and Europa League finals.

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