Uefa chief Michel Platini rules out contesting next year’s elections against current president Sepp Blatter.
Change at FIFA is ‘important for football’, said UEFA President Michel Platini two months before the world football body’s presidential election.
Platini, a FIFA vice-president, said the governing body needed ‘new ideas, a new programme’ as longtime leader Sepp Blatter seeks a fifth term on May 29.
UEFA is supporting the campaigns of all three of Blatter’s opponents: FIFA vice-president Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan, former Portugal great Luis Figo and Michael van Praag of the Netherlands, a UEFA executive committee member.
“Let’s see the programs of the four candidates,” Platini said in the video interview produced by UEFA.
“But I think it’s important for football that there is a change in FIFA.”
Platini said at the World Cup last June he would no longer support Blatter, but opted in August not to run against his one-time mentor.
“Perhaps it is not my time for the moment to go to FIFA. We will see one day if I go or if I don’t go.”
Platini is running unopposed for the UEFA presidency next week in Vienna.