UEFA president Michel Platini has revealed he won’t make a decision over whether to run for the FIFA presidency before the 2014 World Cup, stating it would be “egotistical” of him to create a race for the position.
Platini has been widely considered as the natural successor to Sepp 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.
“I have not yet decided what I will do in the future, and I want to have a few additional months to think,” said Platini, according to Reuters. “I will take my decision during or after the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, not before.”
Platini claimed last month 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 Blatter. He added: “I deeply love UEFA, and it would be heart-breaking to choose another path, but at the same time, the question continuously pops up and it is a legitimate one. This is the reason why it is important for me to take my time, to make sure I take the right decision. Furthermore, these elections are in two years’ time, and I think it would be egotistical of me to make it a topic for debate or discussion now when football faces much more important issues than me or my situation. Let’s concentrate on the key current matters and we will have the occasion to think about my future in the coming months.”