Platini rules himself out of Fifa presidential election

Platini rules himself out of Fifa presidential election

UEFA president Michel Platini has ruled out standing for the Fifa presidency until at least 2015 were the election delayed to seek other candidates.

“I have been elected Uefa president. I have four more years. Can I do two jobs? I have only one tongue,” Platini told The Guardian.

When asked if he plans to rescue football’s governing body from its ongoing scandals he responded by saying: “Scandals? I only know what I see in the newspapers and you work for the newspapers. You know more than me.

Platini is expected to stands in line for what is likely to be an orderly transition into the role in 2015, when his Uefa role expires.

However the former captain of France has hinted as his ambitions, saying: “Fifa is like the International Olympic Committee was some years ago. I think we are at the end of a system based on politics. I think it will finish in the next few years and we will have people from the sport. I think Fifa has to come back to football.”

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The interview came against a backdrop of the English Football Association calling for an initiative to delay the Fifa presidential election, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, which would lead to an alternative candidate being sought to stand against Sepp Blatter.

However the campaign is looking increasingly unlikely – and so far only has the public backing only of Scotland.