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People no longer need Blatter as FIFA president — Platini

May 28, 2015, 17:24 UTC+3 ZURICH
Platini said most UEFA members would support Blatter's rival
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UEFA President Michel Platini

UEFA President Michel Platini

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ZURICH, May 28. /TASS/. The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) needs a new president, UEFA chief Michel Platini said on Thursday.

"People have had enough, people no longer want the president anymore. It is important for FIFA to be strong, but FIFA is no longer strong," Platini told a news conference in Zurich, a day after seven high-ranking FIFA officials were arrested on corruption charges filed by the US Justice Department.

Platini said that Blatter, 79, had refused to step down as FIFA president.

An unprecedented corruption scandal flared up in FIFA on Wednesday morning as seven of the organisation’s high-ranking officials were arrested in Switzerland on bribery, money laundering and corruption charges and are now facing extradition to the United States.

FIFA plunged into the corruption scandal on the eve of the organisation’s annual congress in Zurich on May 28-29. Blatter, who is at the helm of the organisation since 1998, will face Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in the elections of the FIFA president on Friday.

Platini said most UEFA members would support Blatter's rival.

"A large majority of the European associations will all vote for Prince Ali," he said.

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