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Michel Platini campaign ‘rocking’ after Sepp Blatter allegations, Mark Palios says

Michel Platini’s bid to become FIFA president is “rocking” in the wake of the Sepp Blatter allegations, according to Mark Palios.

Michel Platini is the front-runner to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president

Michel Platini is the front-runner to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president

Blatter is the subject of a two-pronged criminal investigation by the Swiss attorney, and one of the allegations is that he made “a disloyal payment” to UEFA boss Platini in 2011.

The Frenchman is currently the front-runner to replace Blatter, who is due to stand down from the presidency after a February election, and has the backing of the Football Association.

But the FA’s former chief executive Palios told Sky Sports News HQ: “We’ve got to understand what the facts of the matter are.

“At first glance it rather feels like Platini’s presidential campaign is holed beneath the water line by virtue of fact that if that payment is verified and – even if legal – is seen to be disloyal, it’s against FIFA’s interests.

“How can somebody stand as president if he has received a payment that is disloyal to FIFA?

“It’s a very difficult positon. As the facts come out only then will we know, but at this point in time it feels like Platini’s campaign is rocking.”

Platini is one of several men to declare an interest in succeeding Blatter: Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan confirmed his candidacy earlier this month, while South Korean Chung Mong-joon, Liberian Musa Bility and former Brazil star Zico are others intending to run.


SRC: SKY SPORTS

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