Laura McAllister misses out on FIFA Council bid but says 'enthusiasm undiminished'

Laura McAllister lost out in her bid to be UEFA's female representative on the FIFA Council.

McAllister, a former Wales international, is the deputy chair of UEFA's women's football committee.

UEFA Congress voted to re-elect Evelina Christillin of Italy. 

The ex-Wales captain had hoped to become the first British woman to reach world football's top table.

In a statement McAllister said she was "disappointed" but it was "always going to be an extremely difficult task."

She said: "The fact that we were just six votes short of winning the election is hopefully testament to the modern, professional and football-focused campaign that we ran.

"My commitment to our beautiful game and its core values remains as strong as ever and I will redouble my efforts to make football a game for everyone to enjoy. I hope I can stand for election again as my enthusiasm to drive change is undiminished.

"I'd also like to congratulate Evelina Christillin on her re-election and wish her all the best for the important work that lies ahead.

"I'd like to thank everyone for the incredible support that I've received. It's been humbling."