English Football Association Backs Michel Platini To Become FIFA President

The English Football Association expressed their support to UEFA president in his bid to succeed as the head of FIFA, a media report said.

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In this Feb. 22, 2014 file photo, UEFA President Michel Platini gestures during a press conference, one day prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw in Nice, southeastern . Michel Platini will run for and plans to announce his intentions this week. Two officials familiar with Platini’s plans tell The Associated Press that the FIFA vice president has made a decision to try to succeed Sepp Blatter. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Platini has not announced his candidacy. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

“We support Michel Platini’s candidacy,” the chairman Greg Dyke said in a statement on Wednesday, a news agency reported.

“We have a good relationship with him and hope he can gain the necessary global backing to lead a new FIFA during the most difficult period in its history,” Dyke said.

Blatter, who has been accused by a group of western countries of corruption but always claimed innocent, has already announced he will quit as FIFA president, with an election set for February 26, 2016.

Dyke said, “While we have yet to see Platini’s manifesto, we believe he will fully support an ongoing reform process.

“Platini has been supportive of English football in recent years, not least when he visited St. George’s Park last autumn and we spoke at length about the game in this country, our strong leagues, great clubs and fantastic fans.”

“We are pleased Platini has decided to stand as a candidate and we look forward to supporting him,” the FA chairman said.

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