BREAKING NEWS: Platini confirms he will stand for FIFA presidency

Michel Platini, the president of Uefa, has announced that he will be a candidate to take the same role in Fifa when Sepp Blatter stands down.

Following Blatter’s announcement that he will leave his post, an election will be held at an Extraordinary Congress on February 26 to decide his successor.

Platini, who has been in charge of Uefa since 2007, has said that the announcement is a “decisive” moment in his life and pledges to act only “in the interests of football”.

“This was a very personal, carefully considered decision, one in which I weighed up the future of football alongside my own future,” he said in a letter to Fifa’s 209 member associations.

“I was also guided by the esteem, support and encouragement that many of you have shown me.

“There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands. I am at one of those decisive moments, at a juncture in my life and in events that are shaping the future of Fifa.”

Blatter’s decision to step down came in the wake of a corruption probe in which 14 people, including nine Fifa officials, were indicted on charges of racketeering conspiracy and corruption two days before that election.

And Platini has pledged to ensure the organisation changes its ways and becomes a respectable governing body that fans can have faith in.

“I am counting on your support and our common love of football so that, together, we can give the tens of millions of football fans the Fifa that they want: a Fifa that is exemplary, united and shows solidarity, a Fifa that is respected, liked and of the people.”

Former Brazil star Zico has said he would like to stand in the race, but Platini is said to be the front runner to follow Blatter.