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Michel Platini will not stand in Fifa presidential election

Written by  Jan 07, 2016
Suspended Uefa president Michel Platini says he will not stand in the Fifa presidential election next month. Platini, along with Fifa president Sepp Blatter, has been banned from football-related activities for eight years by world football's governing body. Both men were found guilty of breaches surrounding a £1.3m ($2m) "disloyal payment" made to Platini in 2011. They are appealing against their bans, but Platini says the timing of the 26 February election means he cannot run. "I'm withdrawing from the race for the Fifa presidency," the 60-year-old Frenchman told the Associated Press. "The timing is not good for me. I don't have the means to fight on equal terms with the other candidates. "I have not been given the chance to play the game. Bye bye Fifa, bye bye Fifa presidency." 'Injustice is revolting me' Platini, president of European football's governing body since 2007, had submitted his candidacy for the Fifa presidential election but could not stand while suspended. He and Blatter, 79, plan to take their cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. "I've spent more time in hearing rooms than on football pitches speaking about 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 or football news," added Platini.   "I'm taking this philosophically. Let's wait and see what happens. But injustice is revolting me and I'm trying to fight it." Source: BBC
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