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Friday 9 December 2016

'Disgusted' Michel Platini: I asked Sepp Blatter to quit but he refused

UEFA President Michel Platini addresses a news conference after a UEFA meeting in Zurich
UEFA President Michel Platini addresses a news conference after a UEFA meeting in Zurich
UEFA President Michel Platini addresses a news conference after a UEFA meeting in Zurich
President of UEFA Michael Platini speaks during a press conference following a meeting of the UEFA board ahead of the FIFA congress in a hotel in Zurich
President of UEFA Michael Platini speaks during a press conference following a meeting of the UEFA board ahead of the FIFA congress in a hotel in Zurich
UEFA President Michel Platini addresses a news conference after a UEFA meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, May 28, 2015.A majority of UEFA's member associations will vote for Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al Hussein to succeed Sepp Blatter as the next FIFA president, UEFA President
President of UEFA Michael Platini grimaces during a press conference following a meeting of the UEFA board ahead of the FIFA congress in a hotel in Zurich
UEFA President Michel Platini speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the European Soccer Federation, UEFA, at a hotel in Glattpark-Zurich, ahead of the FIFA congress, in Zurich
UEFA President Michel Platini addresses a news conference after a UEFA meeting in Zurich
UEFA President Michel Platini addresses a news conference after a UEFA meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, May 28, 2015.A majority of UEFA's member associations will vote for Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al Hussein to succeed Sepp Blatter as the next FIFA president, UEFA President Michel Platini said on Thursday. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich
UEFA President Michel Platini addresses a news conference after a UEFA meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, May 28, 2015.A majority of UEFA's member associations will vote for Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al Hussein to succeed Sepp Blatter as the next FIFA president, UEFA President Michel Platini said on Thursday. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

Michel Platini has not ruled out the possibility of a World Cup boycott by UEFA members if Sepp Blatter is re-elected as FIFA president on Friday.

Platini, the president of European football's governing body, urged Blatter to stand down when the pair met on Thursday amid fresh FIFA corruption allegations emerging from separate inquiries by the US Department of Justice and the Swiss government.

Blatter refused to quit and still intends to stand against Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in Friday's presidential vote.

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Platini said UEFA would unite behind Prince Ali and admitted that, if the 79-year-old Blatter was to win a fifth term in office, UEFA would have some tough decisions to make when its members meet again in Berlin next week before the Champions League final.

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Asked if a boycott of FIFA competitions was a possibility, Platini said: "UEFA associations will meet in Berlin next week. We will be open to all options."

Pressed further on the prospect of a World Cup boycott, Platini added: "There may be proposals. I honestly don't wish that."

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