Michel Platini, president of UEFA, with tears has revealed that he appealed to FIFA president, Sepp Blatter to stand down as president of FIFA.
Football’s governing body took a hit after several of its officers were arrested in an FBI-led investigation into corruption and money laundering dating as far back as the early 1990s.
Blatter has not been implicated in the enquiry but there have been widespread calls for the Swiss to resign given that it has been alleged by the US Justice Department that corruption was widespread within Fifa.
Though support for Prince Ali is growing, it is believed that Blatter will win the election and embark on his fifth tenure as president of FIFA.
The former France international told reporters on Thursday: “I told him, ‘Sepp, I’d like to speak to you man to man, face to face.’ He said, ‘It’s too late. I can’t all of a sudden leave when congress starts this afternoon.’
“I told Sepp Blatter to leave, to step down, because he is giving Fifa a terrible image.
“It’s not easy to tell a friend that he must leave but that is the way history is going.
“I’m saying this with sadness, with tears in my eyes. There have been too many scandals.”