UEFA Chief Michel Platini will not support FIFA President Sepp Blatter if he stood for another term, with the Frenchman adding that world football’s governing body needed a breath of fresh air.
Blatter all but confirmed at FIFA’s annual Congress on Wednesday that he would run for a fifth term next year despite criticism that the game and organisation have been tarnished by accusations of corruption during his long reign.
I have told him that. I think FIFA needs some fresh wind. In 2011 he asked for our support and told us it would be his last term
“I do not support him,” Platini, head of European soccer’s governing body, was quoted as saying by French sports newspaper L’Equipe. “I have known him for a long time and I like him well but I am not in favour of him doing another term.”
The Frenchman, a former world class player, is seen as a likely opponent to Blatter and will announce in August a decision on whether he will run, he said.
“I have told him that. I think FIFA needs some fresh wind. In 2011 he asked for our support and told us it would be his last term.”
Asked when he would decide whether to run for the FIFA presidency, Platini added: “I will say it at the draw for the Champions League (on August 28) in Monaco. National associations want me to say as soon as possible.”
At the Congress on Wednesday, Blatter made no reference to the allegations and investigation into corruption surrounding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and instead pressed his case to extend his tenure as president.
“My mission is not finished,” he told officials from FIFA’s 209 member associations at the close of the Congress, held in Sao Paulo on the eve of the opening game at the World Cup between hosts Brazil and Croatia.