Paris - UEFA chief Michel Platini is set to
announce in the coming days that he will stand in next year's election
to replace Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA.
A source close to
the French UEFA president said on Tuesday that "an announcement will
be made before the end of the week", while another source confirmed
that Platini has decided to run.
When asked, Platini's spokesman refused to comment.
Outgoing president Blatter announced last week that the election for his successor would be held on February 26, 2016.
has positioned himself as one of the most outspoken opponents to
Blatter's regime, and publicly called for him to stand down after seven
FIFA Executive Committee members were arrested on corruption allegations
in raids in Switzerland prior to May's election.
those calls and was duly elected for a fifth term as president, only to
announce his intention to stand down on June 2 as world football's
governing body became mired in scandal.
Platini, 60, has since
emerged as one of the most likely names to run in the election and has
the verbal support of four of the six confederations that make up FIFA,
with the strongly pro-Blatter Confederation of African Football and that
of Oceania the only exceptions.
The former Juventus and France
star eventually decided not to run in May's election, having apparently
seriously considered doing so at one point, so if he does come forward
this time it would indicate a confidence on his part that he can win.
None of those who have so far come forward appear as credible a candidate as Platini, who has been in charge of UEFA since 2007.
Brazil star Zico lacks any experience of international football
administration while Liberian FA chief Musa Bility is unknown outside of
Africa and Diego Maradona, who has declared an interest in standing, is
unlikely to be a serious contender.
Jordanian Prince Ali, who
took on Blatter in May's vote, got much of his support from UEFA members
and so would be likely to give his backing to Platini rather than stand
Candidates have until October 26 - exactly four
months before the vote - to come forward. They must have the confirmed
backing of at least five of FIFA's 209 member nations, and be cleared by
the world governing body's ethics committee, to be able to stand.
has made increasing calls for reform of the world body in recent
months. These have been heightened since US authorities charged 14
people - including the seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich - with