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FIFA President Blatter losing allies as Michel Platini withdraws his support ahead of Brazil 2014 opener


UEFA president Michel Platini say he will not support his Fifa counterpart Sepp Blatter at next year's election.

The 2022 Qatar World Cup, has sparked widespread controversy after allegations that the bidding party from Qatar got the bid in a corrupt manner.

Blatter has responded by saying the claims of corruption are 'racist', and has been very publically opposed by several key association chairman, including Greg Dyke, head of the English FA.

Platini, 58 stated, "I do not support him, I am not in favour of him having a new term. I told him. I think Fifa needs a new breath of fresh air."

Platini is yet to decide whether to contest the Fifa presidency himself.

The Frenchman said he agreed with his fellow Uefa members that it was time for Blatter, who has been in power since 1998, to call it a day when his mandate ends next year.

"I have known him for a long time and I like him but I am not in favour of him having a new term," added Platini. "I supported him in 1998 but I do not support him in 2014. And in the future I will not support Mr Blatter."  

The Fifa leader was helped in his bid for re-election by a congress vote not to consider age and term-limits for officials.

Platini still would not commit himself to a run for the Fifa presidency and at present there is just one candidate - former Fifa deputy secretary-general Jerome Champagne.

"It is an option to run," said Platini. "But it is not because Sepp Blatter is running that Michel Platini will not run and it is not because Blatter is not running that Platini will run.

These comments come on the day of the opening match of this year's World Cup between hosts Brazil and Croatia.

"My only concern is knowing what I want to do. I am 60 soon and I need to know what I want. I will take my time."

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