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Platini ends Blatter support

UEFA president Michel Platini has said that FIFA president Sepp Blatter no longer has his support.

Blatter, who has been under pressure over the controversy-plagued 2022 Qatar World Cup, declared to the FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo on Wednesday that he was ready for a new mandate despite having said in 2011 he would not seek re-election for a fifth term.

However, Platini, who is yet to decide whether to contest the FIFA presidential election himself, believes world football needs a new leader despite his respect for the 78-year-old Swiss.

"I am supporting him no longer, it's finished," said Frenchman Platini. "He knows it, I told him. I think FIFA needs a new breath of fresh air."

A number of leading football officials have already voiced their opposition to Blatter being given a fifth term this week, including FA chairman Greg Dyke, FA vice-chairman David Gill and Dutch FA chief Michael van Praag.