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Michel Platini Will Run For The FIFA Presidency

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Michel Platini has announced that he will run for the FIFA presidency.

The UEFA chief has confirmed his candidacy to replace outgoing FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, who will leave his position in February next year.

Platini has written to all 209 member associations of FIFA to inform them of his intentions to stand.

“There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands,” the 60-year-old said in the letter.

“I am at one of those decisive moments, at a juncture in my life and in events that are shaping the future of FIFA.

“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.”

Blatter has announced he is to step down on February 26 following the recent crisis which has engulfed FIFA.

Platini, who has been president of UEFA since 2007 and a member of the FIFA executive committee since 2002, added in his letter: “During this last half-century or so, FIFA has only had two presidents.

“This extreme stability is something of a paradox in a world that has experienced radical upheavals and in a sport that has undergone considerable economic change.

“However, recent events force the supreme governing body of world football to turn over a new leaf and rethink its governance.”

Candidatures must be submitted by October 26, with the election taking place at an extraordinary FIFA congress in Zurich on February 26 next year.

In his letter Platini added: “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.”