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UEFA President Michel Platini Will Not Challenge Sepp Blatter For FIFA Presidency
Published August 29, 2014
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NO VIABLE CHALLENGER: ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti wrote Platini's decision almost certainly means Blatter "will run the world game for another four years, right through his 83rd birthday." The supposition "had been that Platini would stand against Blatter if he believed he had a chance of defeating him." The fact that he will, instead, seek another term at the helm of UEFA suggests "Blatter's grip on FIFA and the bulk of its 209 member nations is as strong as ever." The problem is that "someone" either does not exist or, like Platini, is not "coming forward to challenge Blatter." Further, if he or she did, it is "hard to see how he or she could win, given the current FIFA boss' stranglehold, particularly among certain confederations" (ESPN, 8/28). BLOOMBERG's Tariq Panja wrote Platini’s withdrawal leaves former FIFA Deputy Secretary-General Jerome Champagne "as the only declared challenger." Platini, who is on FIFA’s exec committee, called on the panel’s members to challenge Blatter more in future rather than be "lambs that always say yes." Platini: "They must not always let Mr. Blatter be omnipresent and omnipotent. The executive committee needs to find its courage to be a counterbalance to Mr. Blatter" (BLOOMBERG, 8/28).