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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Platini plans sit-in protest against FIFA

Ben Rumsby

Published 03/06/2014 | 02:30

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UEFA president Michel Platini
UEFA president Michel Platini
FIFA President Sepp Blatter. Reuters
FIFA President Sepp Blatter. Reuters

European football's leaders will stage a sit-down protest against Sepp Blatter next week as the clamour for regime change at FIFA intensifies in the wake of fresh corruption allegations against it.

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It's understood that representatives from all 54 members of UEFA will be asked to snub the 78-year-old's announcement that he is standing for re-election as FIFA president at its annual congress in Sao Paulo.

Blatter's decision would renege on a promise to step down when his fourth term expires next summer.

A sit-down protest will be led by Blatter's arch-rival, Michel Platini, inset, the UEFA president who had been favourite to succeed his one-time ally but who now looks unlikely to run.

Platini and other senior figures within European football believe regime change is the only way to restore FIFA's battered image, which has been dented further by new allegations over the vote to decide the hosts for the 2022 World Cup. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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