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FA backs Michel Platini to succeed Sepp Blatter as Fifa president

By Staff Reporter

Michel Platini has been given the firm backing of the Football Association after formally declaring he is to run for the Fifa presidency - and despite his public backing for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup.

The 60-year-old Uefa president said he wants to restore the world governing body's dignity after the corruption crisis which led to Sepp Blatter announcing he will quit as Fifa president.

FA chairman Greg Dyke has thrown his weight behind the Frenchman  but warned it will be a challenging task to change Fifa. Platini has also championed Qatar's 2022 World Cup despite the controversy surrounding the bid and the decision to play the tournament in the winter.

Dyke said: "We support Michel Platini's candidacy. 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.

"Mr Platini has always made it very clear that he voted for Qatar. If all the other people who voted for Qatar had been quite as transparent it would have been more helpful."

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