Sepp Blatter should quit Fifa presidency, says Lennart Johansson

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Johansson wants 'dictator' Blatter out

Former Fifa vice-president Lennart Johansson has called for the current president Sepp Blatter to step down.

Johansson lost the 1998 presidential election to Blatter, who has stayed in power since and was unopposed in securing a fourth term last year.

"It cannot be that only one man should be dictating and taking all the decisions about world football," Johansson told BBC World Service.

"There is not much more to do than to get rid of the man in question."

The Swede added that former France captain Michel Platini, who succeeded him as head of Uefa in 2007, would be an ideal replacement for Blatter at the Fifa helm.

"He is to me closer to what I was looking for," Johansson explained. "He has tried to be fair, he's open-minded, he allows discussions and he obeys decisions made by the majority".

Asked for his opinion of 75-year-old Blatter, Johansson, who was Uefa president from 1990 until 2007, said: "I don't love him, we don't do Christmas together but I respect his knowledge.

"I just don't like his dictatorship. Some will respect him but the majority will say he's not good. It is not very easy to admire or respect him."

You can listen to the full interview by downloading the BBC World Service's World Football Podcast.

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