Zurich - Michel Platini still expects to be elected
president of FIFA, despite his provisional ban from the game amid
investigations of corruption in world soccer's governing body, the Frenchman
told Swiss newspaper Le Matin.
"People want to stop me from standing because they know
I have every chance of winning," Platini -- the former French
international who headed European soccer body UEFA before his suspension -- was
quoted as saying in an interview.
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"I get the impression they don't want a former player
running FIFA, as if they don't want to give football back to the players. But I
am the only one who has a vision right across football," he said, citing
his record as player, French team trainer, organiser of a World Cup and UEFA
"I am, in all modesty, the best-placed person to run
Platini may be able to run for president of FIFA if he wins
an appeal against his 90-day ban, the world governing body said this week.
Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Platini were both
suspended this month, plunging FIFA into deeper turmoil as authorities in the
United States and Switzerland pursue corruption investigations in which 14
people have been indicted.
Platini is one of seven candidates for the FIFA presidency
in a vote scheduled for Feb. 26.For
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