World football bosses back Platini for Fifa presidency

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FRENCH footballing hero and the president of Uefa, Michel Platini, has been lobbied by football chiefs to take over at the helm of Fifa.
Platini is understood to have been told by the heads of the confederations in Asia, South America, and the North and Central America and Caribbean body Concacaf, that he would have their support, as well as being able to count on the backing of the European federation, of which he is currently president.
Sepp Blatter is to step down from the presidency of the beleaguered organisation amidst accusations of corruption, which have led to multiple arrests, although his leaving date has not yet been confirmed. He could cling on to power until early 2016, although several federations have indicated that December 2015 would be the preferred time for elections for a new president.
Blatter is expected to announce a series of reforms to Fifa’s structures on Monday (July 20).
Platini has not confirmed whether he will stand, although he is a clear favourite to take on the role.

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