Platini ‘ready’ to be FIFA’s top man, says Blatter

UEFA president Michel Platini.
UEFA president Michel Platini.
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Sepp Blatter has claimed Michel Platini is "ready" to succeed him as the head of FIFA - and that the Frenchman will make a good president of the game's world governing body.

Platini, the UEFA president, has so far refused to confirm whether he will stand when Blatter steps down in 2015, but the current FIFA supremo is convinced that he wants the job.

"Michel Platini is ready. If he wishes. He says 'I do not know'... but deep down, he wants it," Blatter said in an interview with France Football.

"He will be a good president of course. He will not be the same president as me, because everyone is different, but he will be good president."

Meanwhile, Blatter poured scorn on disgraced ex-FIFA vice-president Jack Warner's threat of a "tsunami" of revelations of malpractice involving Blatter at FIFA.

Warner claimed he was given World Cup TV rights for one US dollar in return for supporting Blatter's presidential hopes in 1998 and 2002.

Blatter confirmed that Warner had been given the TV rights from 1986 to 1998 for a dollar - but blamed the late Mexican FIFA vice-president Guillermo Canedo, a TV tycoon, and said it was nothing to do with him.

Blatter added: "From 1986 and until 1998 he was awarded the television rights for one dollar by Mr Canedo.

"Why? Because Mr Canedo wanted to keep the vice-presidency of FIFA and Mr Warner had a majority in CONCACAF."