Blatter denies reports of deal to see Platini head FIFA
08 October 2013, 18:58
Berlin - FIFA president Joseph Blatter on
Tuesday denied reports of a deal that would see his rival, UEFA boss
Michel Platini, succeed him as the world football ruling body's supremo.
Germany's Bild newspaper quoted unnamed sources saying Blatter would
not seek re-election in 2015, as part of a deal to clear the way for the
head of Europe's football ruling body.
"I don’t make deals. The FIFA president is elected by the congress,’’ Blatter told dpa.
The Bild report had also said Platini would refrain from making
further comments about running for the FIFA spot until after the 2014
Blatter and Platini would then announce their decision after the tournament in Brazil, the newspaper said.
Platini is considered the only realistic challenger to a Blatter re-election.
UEFA did not want to comment on the Bild report.
Blatter, who has been in office since 1998, said in 2011 that he
would not seek re-election but wanted to leave all options open in light
of the reform in the scandal-hit world body.
The FIFA Congress is due to elect a president in 2015 in Zurich.