Platini says Blatter lied about quitting FIFA

UEFA leader believes Blatter made good decisions but just can’t let go of power

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ZURICH: UEFA President Michel Platini on Monday backed Prince Ali bin al Hussein’s bid to unseat Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, accusing the football leader of lying to him about seeking a new term.

Platini said as FIFA’s executive gathered in Zurich that the 79-year-old Blatter fears a life of “emptiness” if he loses a vote for the presidency on Friday and that the world body will have no credibility if he remains.

Blatter is a strong favourite to win a fifth term in the vote. The Jordanian prince is now the only challenger but the bulk of his support will come from Europe.

Platini recalled how he had backed Blatter in previous elections and in 2011 the Swiss official had said he would serve one last term.

“He asked us face to face to support him for what would be his last mandate,” said Platini. “I have the unpleasant feeling of having given my support on the basis of a lie.”

Platini said Blatter had made good decisions in his 40-year career but that he could just not let go of power.

“I understand the fear of emptiness he must feel, that is human,” said the UEFA leader. “You have to be capable of handing over the levers of power at the right time and not be guilty of holding on to it at any cost.” 

Published in The Express Tribune, May 26th,  2015.

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