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Apr 24, 2014

Platini: I can beat Blatter to presidency

Michel Platini told Le Parisien he is confident he could beat Sepp Blatter in next year's FIFA presidential election, but the UEFA head has yet to decide whether or not he will run.


Michel Platini voted for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, Sepp Blatter favoured the United States.
The relationship between Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter has become strained in recent years.

President of European football's governing body since 2007, Platini, 58, began his career as a football administrator leading the 1998 World Cup organising committee before becoming a member of the FIFA Executive Committee in 2002.
 
Previously close to Blatter, 78, the pair have been at loggerheads over a number of issues in recent years, and could clash again if both decide to run for the job as the head of world football in next year's elections.
 
Blatter recently suggested he may reverse his decision to quit his function and run for a fifth term in May 2015. Platini announced in March he would push back his deadline to decide on the issue, but now claims that if he does run, Blatter could find himself out of a job.

"It's simple. I just need to count the people who support me. In that, I say to myself that I can beat him,” he said.

"I started my career as an official at FIFA, so I know those who would like me to stand."

The former France international playmaker and coach added that he will make his decision after the World Cup this summer. 
 
"It will be some months afterwards, when I start to really think about whether or not I go for it,” he said. “But I have time to think about that, the elections take place in a year."

Platini also announced on Thursday that the imminent announcement of financial fair play punishments -- of which he was a major instigator -- will contain "significant sanctions" for "big clubs" but added there would be no "blood and tears."

UEFA will hand down the first FFP rulings at the beginning of May having held talks with a number of clubs to clarify their financial status.

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