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By ESPN Staff

Johansson: Blatter must leave FIFA

Former UEFA president Lennart Johansson has accused Sepp Blatter of "dictating" world football and called for the FIFA supremo to stand down.

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Johansson, 82, a former FIFA vice-president, lost the 1998 election for the top job at FIFA to Blatter and has watched on as the Swiss has held onto power ever since.

The Swede told the BBC's World Service the situation must change, with Blatter re-elected unopposed for a fourth term last year amid a series of corruption scandals that rocked the organisataion.

"It cannot be that only one man should be dictating and taking all the decisions about world football," Johansson said. "There is not much more to do than to get rid of the man in question."

Johansson believes his successor as UEFA president, Michel Platini, is the man to replace Blatter, insisting: "He is to me closer to what I was looking for."

Blatter has indicated that he does not intend to run for a fifth term in 2015, when he will be 79, and has already tipped France legend Platini to be his successor.

"Michel Platini is ready if he wishes," Blatter recently told France Football. "He says 'I do not know'... but deep down, he wants it. He will be a good president of course.

"He will not be the same president as me, because everyone is different, but he will be good president.''

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