English FA to back Michel Platini for FIFA presidency, confirms Greg Dyke

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The English Football Association has given Michel Platini its backing for him to be the next FIFA president. 

Platini plans to re-establish the credibility of football's governing body, which is currently swamped in scandal and corruption.  FA chairman Greg Dyke said it is 'almost certain' that the FA will vote for Platini.

English backing

"We know him, we think he's done a good job at Uefa, we're close to him and we want a reform candidate," he said to BBC Sport.


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 "We believe he will reform Fifa in the way that reform is needed."

The presidency elections are to take place on 26 February next year, with the Frenchman expected to be joined by Liberian FA president Musa Bility and Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan, who came runner-up to Sepp Blatter in May.

Platini to run

In a statement that announced his candidacy this morning, Uefa president Platini said: "This was a very personal, carefully considered decision, one in which I weighed up the future of football alongside my own future. 

"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.”

Despite the backing, Platini has never been very popular in England.

Not a popular candidate

His stance on club ownership, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and plans - even before he was elected Uefa president - to reduce the country's Champions League places, are just a few of the reasons for his unpopularity. 

Platini said in 2008, before the UCL final (between Manchester United and Chelsea) that English success "is often built on an unsustainable level of debt which, in all fairness, is distorting the level playing field in Europe."

However, Platini claims the English only dislike him for one reason, because he is French. 

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