Football: Dutch FA chief seen as possible candidate to replace Platini

BASEL (Reuters) - Dutch football association chief Michael van Praag emerged as a first possible candidate to replace disgraced Michel Platini as head of Uefa on Wednesday after European football's governing body announced a September presidential election.

Uefa's acting secretary general Theodore Theodoridis told a Dutch journalist that "somebody from your country expressed his intention" of standing during an executive committee meeting.

Theodoridis appeared to be nodding in the direction of the 68-year-old van Praag who is chairman of the Dutch FA.

Van Praag announced he was standing for the presidency of Fifa, the sport's international governing body, last year but withdrew one week before the election.

Theodoridis said the Uefa election would take place at an extraordinary congress in Athens on September 14 - meaning that Uefa will not have a president during its showpiece European championship in France in June and July.