Michel Platini wants new candidate to rival Sepp Blatter for Fifa role

Fifa president Sepp Blatter (left) and Uefa president Michel Platini
Michel Platini (right) has ruled himself out of the running to become Fifa president

Uefa chief Michel Platini hopes a third candidate will challenge Sepp Blatter and Jerome Champagne in next year's Fifa presidential election.

Blatter is the president of world football's governing body and had said he would stand down in 2015 but changed his mind and is seeking re-election.

Asked who he would back for the election, Platini said: "Neither. I hope others will run.

"Another European candidate would have very little chance of winning."

Speaking to French radio station Europe 1, Platini reiterated that he would not be supporting Blatter.

Fifa's image has been tarnished recently over allegations of corruption concerning the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, with Russia and Qatar winning the right to host the respective tournaments.

"The image of Fifa is very, very, very bad so that's why I think it would be good that he [Blatter] stops, but I don't think he wants to," added Platini.

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