Saturday June 14 2014

Platini no longer supports Blatter’s Fifa presidency

Platini has fallen out with

Platini has fallen out with Fifa boss Sepp Blatter. 

By Agencies

Rio de Janeiro- Uefa president Michel Platini say he will not support his Fifa counterpart Sepp Blatter at next year’s election.

Blatter, 78, who has been under pressure over the 2022 Qatar World Cup, recently indicated he was to seek re-election for a fifth term. “I do not support him, I am not in favour of him having a new term,” said Platini, 58. “I told him. I think Fifa needs a new breath of fresh air.” Platini is yet to decide whether to contest the Fifa presidency himself.

The Frenchman said he agreed with his fellow Uefa members that it was time for Blatter, who has been in power since 1998, to call it a day when his mandate ends next year.

“I have known him for a long time and I like him but I am not in favour of him having a new term,” added Platini. “I supported him in 1998 but I do not support him in 2014. And in the future I will not support Mr Blatter.” Platini, who won great praise in 1998 for his organisation of the World Cup hosted by France, indicated that he and his members had not been happy with the Fifa Congress in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

Several of Platini’s colleagues confronted Blatter following his claims the British media’s motivation in investigating the Qatar bid were “racist”. Uefa members said the claims were without foundation.

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke called those claims “totally unacceptable”.