UEFA president Michel Platini has claimed that a decision on whether to run for the top job at FIFA in 2015 will be made without considering the plans of current incumbent Sepp Blatter.
Platini has been widely considered as the natural successor to Blatter, who had pledged to step down from the FIFA presidency when he secured re-election in June 2011. Blatter was elected president of FIFA in 1998, but the 77-year-old has dropped repeated hints in recent months that he may reverse the decision when his current term ends in 2015.
Platini told French newspaper L’Equipe: “I don’t know (what Blatter is going to decide). At first, he said that he would quit in 2015. Now, he has been saying that he will talk next year in Brazil. I will make my decision on my own, without taking Sepp into consideration. He said I was his natural candidate, but there’s no deal between us, even if today I have the legitimacy to be able to go to FIFA.”
Platini maintained that he has not made a decision yet over whether to stand for the presidency. He said: “I am thinking about whether it’s good or not. I have to persuade myself, like I did before my UEFA presidential bid, that I want to go to FIFA. I will definitely say something in Dubrovnik (the scene of UEFA’s Executive Committee meeting next month). People would fight to get the job of president of FIFA. I won’t. I just have to assess if it’s a good thing for soccer. I’m not interested in the position for the sake of it. I have to persuade myself that it’s my destiny.”