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Michel Platini would have majority if he runs for president

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Michel Platini has been asked to stand for the FIFA presidency reports BBC Sport.

Platini, 60, is believed to have support from UEFA (his own organisation), Asia, North, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean. It is understood that the UEFA president is yet to decide on whether he will be a candidate.

Earlier today FIFA announced the new presidential election will take place on February 26. Current president Sepp Blatter announced his resignation on June 2 following allegations of corruption within FIFA.

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Just days before winning the presidential election on May 29 several of Blatter's fellow members were arrested in dawn raids at a Zurich hotel.

Blatter will remain in charge until February's extraordinary congress although Prince Ali bin al-Hussein has called for the Swiss to step down immediately.

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The former presidential candidate, who lost out to Blatter in May's election, said:

"President Blatter's resignation cannot be dragged out any longer. he must leave now.

"He cannot be permitted to plan his succession and manage this election. An interim independent leadership must be appointed to administer the process of the elections, in addition to the reforms that are being discussed prior to the elections."

The head of Jordan's FA since 1999 gave no indication on whether he will re-run for the presidency.

Meanwhile, the former president of CONCACAF, Jeffrey Webb, was one of the seven FIFA officials arrested on May 27 and yesterday he pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery in New York. Webb was placed under house arrest on $10 million (£6.4 million) bail.

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