Platini will not stand against Blatter in fight for FIFA presidency

UEFA chief Michel Platini will not challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.

UEFA president Michel Platini will not run against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.

The 59-year-old confirmed to UEFA delegates in Monaco that he had decided against standing for the FIFA post as he wants to continue his work as head of European football’s ruling body.

Platini told a news conference he felt passionately that he should stay with UEFA.

"This is the decision I have made. It is about what I want to do with UEFA," said Platini.

"Now is not my time, not yet. I want to complete what I have started and I want to go to the end of my contract with UEFA and if the federations wish I will still have a few years before this contract comes to an end.

"I have thought long and hard but I never managed to convince myself that I had to go to FIFA. I chose from the heart and on the basis of my passionate feeling."

European FIFA executive committee member Michel D’Hooghe welcomed Platini’s decision not to enter a contest against Blatter.

"It was a very positive message – he said he would like to continue as UEFA president and I am pleased that it means that this time there will be no battle between FIFA and UEFA," said D’Hooghe.

The former France international Platini was once a loyal supporter of Blatter’s but believes the Swiss has reneged on his public promise not to stand for another term.                 

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Blatter, who is 78 and has led FIFA since 1998, pledged to fight for a fifth term after previously promising UEFA he would step aside in 2015.

Platini said in June: "In the future I won’t support Blatter anymore. I’ve told him that. I think that FIFA needs a breath of fresh air.

"In 2011 he asked for our (UEFA’S) support and he told us it was his last term."

Five of FIFA’s six continental bodies have already announced their support for Blatter, only Europe has publicly opposed him.