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FIFA to decide on election date; Platini gains support

FIFA executives are meeting to choose a presidential election date, with UEFA President Michel Platini gaining support to succeed Sepp Blatter.

A person familiar with the situation says Platini has been asked to run by the majority of FIFA's confederations but has not yet decided whether to be a candidate. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Platini is not discussing his plans in public.

FIFA's 209 members, rather than the six confederation leaders, vote on the FIFA president.

Platini decided not to run in the May presidential election. He backed Jordan's Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, who lost to Blatter.

Four days after winning a fifth term, Blatter announced plans to quit under the weight of criminal investigations into FIFA corruption.

December is the earliest possible date for a new election, but sometime in 2016 seems more likely.


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