Cypriot soccer official Lefkaritis to end 21-year Uefa career
Marios Lefkaritis, the veteran soccer administrator from Cyprus, has withdrawn as a candidate for re-election on the executive committee of Uefa, the sport's European governing body.
The 70-year-old, who will also leave the ruling Fifa council, joined Uefa's executive committee in 1996.
Uefa said Lefkaritis had "informed all 55 national associations of his decision in a letter sent on Thursday."
Lefkaritis spent 10 years as president of the Cyprus Football Association from 1991.
Uefa said there are now 12 candidates for eight available positions on its executive committee, with the vote to take place at its congress in Helsinki on 5 April.
Lefkaritis is the latest of the so-called old guard of officials to leave Fifa and Uefa, with his announcement coming on the same day that Issa Hayatou, president of Caf for 29 years, was ousted by Ahmad Ahmad.