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  • 28 August 2014, 9:11

Platini Will Not Take On Blatter For Fifa Job

French football legend Michel Platini will not run against Sepp Blatter for top job at Fifa, Sky News has learnt.

Platini, the Uefa president, is said to have told a private meeting of Uefa delegates in Monaco that he would not stand in the world football governing body's election in May.

The Uefa president has long been favoured to succeed Blatter, his mentor in football politics, but Blatter's position has strengthened following the successful World Cup in Brazil.

Blatter, who is 79 and has led Fifa since 1998, pledged to fight for a fifth term after previously promising he would step aside in 2015.

"I am happy to fight," he said at a charity event earlier this month.

"But if you take the risk (to be in the election) you also have the chance to lose."

Five of the six football governing bodies came out in support of Blatter at pre-World Cup meetings in Brazil.

Only Europe's Uefa opposed him, with Platini saying Fifa needed a "breath of fresh air".

"In the future I won't support Blatter anymore. I've told him that," Platini said the day before the World Cup kicked off.

Blatter has not yet formally declared his candidacy but has until January to put his name forward.

The secret ballot to choose the most powerful man in football takes place on May 29, with all 209 Fifa member countries getting a vote.

Former France great Platini has led Uefa since 2007 and has long been tipped as a successor to Blatter.

Netherlands federation president Michael van Praag has also been mooted as a possible challenger to the Swiss.

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