Thursday June 12 2014
Platini won’t back Blatter

UEFA President Michel Platini has confirmed he will not back FIFA counterpart Sepp Blatter’s campaign to remain in office.

The Swiss head of world football’s governing body yesterday confirmed his intention to seek a fifth term in power, having first assumed his position in 1998.

However, he has faced calls to resign from numerous high ranking officials within the game over the last week and, speaking to L’Equipe today, Platini confirmed he no longer supports Blatter either.

“I am supporting him no longer, it’s finished,” he told the French sports newspaper.

“I have known him for a long time, I like him, but I’m not favourable to him having another term.

“I supported him in 1998, but I do not support in 2014. And in the future, I shall not support Blatter.

“I told him that. I think Fifa needs a breath of fresh air.”

Platini also did not rule out the possibility of standing against Blatter himself, when the FIFA elections come around.

“It is an option, but it is not because of Blatter that Michel Platini would stand.

“And it is not because of Sepp Blatter that Michel Platini would not appear. My only concern is what I want to do. I am almost 60 years and I need to know what I want.”

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