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Platini can lead FIFA change – Fernandez

Ex-France international Luis Fernandez backed former team-mate Michel Platini to change FIFA’s ways if he becomes president of the governing body.

Platini, 60, has announced he will stand to replace Sepp Blatter, who is stepping down, in February’s election.

Fernandez, who was a team-mate of Platini’s in the national team in the early 1980s, believes the former midfielder can lead FIFA to change.

The body has endured several difficult months after a number of its officials were arrested in May.

“If he becomes president of FIFA, I’m 100 per cent sure he’s got something in his mind,” Fernandez told Omnisport.

“I know him and if he got this position, he’ll want to make progress, he’ll want to move forward, he’ll want to find solutions.

“He’s like that, he’s someone who thinks that football needs to be more exposed, more open, so that everyone is able to play football, and join competitions.

“His project will be that in every country, the main project is football, the game, and that all the scheming stops. It’s something that probably irritated him when he learned about it.

“Some say he supported it, but he supported it during a short time, but then he realised he had to stop because he’s not someone like that. He wants to improve football.”

Platini is expected to have competition from the likes of former FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-joon, Brazil great Zico and Liberia FA chairman Musa Bility.

Fernandez believes Platini has proven what he can do during his time as UEFA president, a position he was elected to in 2007.

“Michel, since he’s been the head of UEFA, he’s someone who wants football to be the priority, he wants the game to be priority,” he said.

“And I’m sure for Michel, he wants football to be a big part of every country, it’s something important to him.

“He’s legitimate for the position because he proved what he could do at UEFA, he was elected again, it proves he personifies something. He wants to renovate, he wants to innovate, he wants to bring ideas.”

Tue 4 Aug, 2015
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