Football - Platini 'will not oppose Blatter for FIFA presidency'

Michel Platini will not stand for election as president of FIFA next year, UEFA member Michel D'Hooghe, who also sits on the FIFA executive committee, told reporters on Thursday.

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The 59-year-old Frenchman told UEFA delegates in Monaco that he had decided against standing for the FIFA post as he wants to continue his work as head of European football's ruling body.

Platini's announcement was confirmed by delegates after the meeting.

European FIFA executive committee member Michel D'Hooghe told Press Association Sport: "It was a very positive message - he said he would like to continue as UEFA president and I am pleased that it means that this time there will be no battle between FIFA and UEFA."

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