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SBD Global/June 13, 2014/World Cup
Michel Platini Says He Won't Back Sepp Blatter For 2015 FIFA Presidency
Published June 13, 2014
HOLDING ALL THE CARDS: In London, Gabriele Marcotti wrote Blatter "was predictably mocked on social media when he raised the possibility of interplanetary football" at the FIFA Congress. But his comments "betrayed something else about his state of mind." He is "unworried not because he is removed from reality, but because he understands realpolitik all too well." The bottom line "is that Blatter holds all the cards." Three years ago he said that "he would not stand for re-election in 2015." His potential challengers "took it as a kind of peace offering." Maybe "they should have got that pledge in writing, because the Swiss is still around and will probably be around through to 2019 and perhaps beyond." He is "brilliant in a political, House of Cards kind of way." The Qatar 2022 revelations "benefited him first and foremost, but that doesn’t stop him from blasting them as 'an attempt to destroy us' to seek favour with the African delegates." He "is a Teflon figure," who redefines “bouncebackability” and "forms and breaks alliances, depending on the shifting winds" (LONDON TIMES, 6/12).
FFA WEIGHS IN: The AAP reported Australia said that its support for Blatter "depends on his will to mend the battered reputation of the game’s governing body." Football Federation Australia Chair Frank Lowy said that "a pending report into FIFA corruption claims would determine the nation’s stance." Lowy: “The governance has to improve a lot. There are lots of issues to deal with, whether FIFA and its president are capable of dealing with that.” Admitting concern at FIFA’s "tarnished standing in the world, Lowy said issues went deeper than just Blatter." Lowy: “It’s not for me to say ‘it’s time.’ It’s for 209 (FIFA member) nations to say it’s time. Australia has got one vote out of 209 other nations. And it’s no good exaggerating what Australia’s power in FIFA is" (AAP, 6/12).