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Platini: No more Blatter support

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By Andrew Tuft

Thursday 12 June 2014

UEFA president Michel Platini has revealed he can no longer support FIFA counterpart Sepp Blatter, Sky Sports has reported.

Michel Platini

Blatter has come under fire for his reaction to allegations of corruption regarding Qatar’s World Cup 2022 bid and indicated on Wednesday that he was to stand for another term as FIFA president - despite having vowed to step down in 2015.

Platini didn’t say if he would challenge Blatter at the next election but called for the Swiss to retire and give the world governing body a fresh start. “I am supporting him no longer, it's finished,” Platini said. “He knows it, I told him. I think FIFA needs a new breath of fresh air.”

A number of figures in European football have this week spoken out against Blatter, including the FA’s Greg Dyke, and Platini confirmed he was in agreement with the thoughts of his fellow UEFA delegates. “I share the European position,” Platini added. “A new mandate for [Blatter] would not be good for football. But he is a person one has to respect and he has all my respect.

“It is an option to run but it is not because Sepp Blatter is a candidate that Michel Platini won't be,” he continued when asked if he would stand. “In any case this situation it is not exactly as if I have to choose in between going to hospital or to prison.”

Platini played professionally for 15 years, representing Nancy, St. Etienne and Juventus, as well as appearing 72 times for France. He later coached the France national team before moving into football administration, becoming UEFA president in 2007.

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