UEFA President Michel Platini has confirmed his desire to contest for the FIFA Presidency position, which is set to be vacated by Sepp Blatter.
The world football’s governing body has been hit by a myriad of scandals in recent months and they all relate to corruption. Platini is now seeking the support of all FIFA’s member associations by claiming that he is determined to help FIFA restore its positive image.
“This was a very personal, carefully considered decision, one in which I weighed up the future of football alongside my own future. I was also guided by the esteem, support and encouragement that many of you have shown me.” Mr Platini pledged that he would work tirelessly “in the interests of football,” Platini said via an official letter to all member associations.
“There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands,” he said. “I am at one of those decisive moments, at a juncture in my life and in events that are shaping the future of FIFA.
“I am counting on your support and our common love of football so that, together, we can give the tens of millions of football fans the FIFA that they want: a FIFA that is exemplary, united and shows solidarity, a FIFA that is respected, liked and of the people.”
The deadline for submitting candidature will be in October, with fresh elections slated to take place in February 2016.