Michel Platini Announces FIFA Presidency Bid
Wed 29th Jul 2015 | FIFA
The President of UEFA, Michel Platini, has today announced his intention to stand as a candidate for the FIFA presidency.
In a letter sent to the presidents and general secretaries of the 209 member associations of world football's governing body, he said: "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."
Platini, who has been President of UEFA since 2007 and a member of the FIFA Executive Committee since 2002, pledged that he would work tirelessly "in the interests of football".
"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."
“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."
Current FIFA President, Joseph S. Blatter was reelected back in May but following a string of arrests of FIFA Ex-Co members following allegations of bribery and corruption his position has become increasingly untenable and announced his intention to step down early.
Michel Platini has highlighted his aspiration to unite world football by bringing the continental confederations together and offering all national associations a common cause – "listening to everyone and respecting the diversity of the game around the world."
Candidatures must be submitted by 26 October 2015, and the election will take place at an Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich on 26 February 2016.
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Posted by: Aaron Gourley
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