Michel Platini to announce FIFA presidency bid

Michel Platini will announce later this week his bid to become the next president of FIFA.


The former France international could announce his bid as early as Wednesday, as he bids to become the man to take over from the outgoing Sepp Blatter.

Blatter has been in charge of the game’s governing body since 1998 but is standing down due to the ongoing corruption crisis.

Platini is expected to stand in the general election for Blatter’s replacement, which takes place on February 26 next year, and is the overwhelming favourite to take the hot seat.

As current president of UEFA, Platini is expected to gain the full backing of the European nations, while he is also thought to have gained the support of South America (Conmebol), North, Central America and the Caribbean (Concacaf) and Asia (AFC).

A vote from every nation in these confederations would total 144 votes more than the required majority total.

Although Platini will almost certainly not receive all 144 votes, he can still expect a significant majority of them, putting him in pole position for FIFA presidency.

Platini stood unopposed to win his third term as UEFA president back in March.

Candidates for the FIFA presidency have until October 26 to be nominated, before running their presidential campaigns ahead of February’s emergency congress meeting.