Michel Platini confirms he's standing for FIFA presidency
UEFA boss Michel Platini has announced he will stand as a candidate for the FIFA presidency to replace Sepp Blatter.
Rumours have been circulating of Platini's possible bid for the presidency since former president Sepp Blatter's resignation.
The 60-year-old UEFA president has written to all 209 member associations of FIFA to inform them of his intentions to stand to succeed Sepp Blatter.
Platini said in the letter: "There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands. I am at one of those decisive moments, at a juncture in my life and in events that are shaping the future of FIFA."
Blatter announced his resignation on June 2, four days after he was re-elected, amid two corruption allegations.
Frenchman, Platini, was one of Blatter's eight vice-presidents during his near 40 year reign as FIFA president but Platini has cut his allegiance with Blatter saying FIFA's corruption scandal "disgusted" him and gave him "stomach trouble".
Platini has so far gained the backing of four of FIFA's six continental confederations which will make him virtually unbeatable when he faces opposition from South Korea's Chung Mong-joon.
Mong-joon is a former FIFA vice-president, who is expected to announce his candidacy in the coming weeks.
FIFA's 209 members will return to Zurich on February 26 next year to select a new president almost than nine months after Mr Blatter's resignation statement.
FIFA said would-be candidates can declare their interest immediately and apply until October 26.
Mr Blatter added: "I wish all the candidates best success and also to Michel Platini."
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