UEFA’s Platini Declares Run for FIFA Presidency Despite Probe

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European soccer president Michel Platini said he’ll run for the top spot at FIFA even as an ethics panel at the sport’s international governing body considers suspending him for 90 days.

Platini announced that he’ll run in an e-mailed statement, in which he says reports of a possible ban were designed to damage his reputation.

“This deliberate leak -– which is insidious in nature and has come about in an unacceptable manner –- is essentially an attempt to damage my reputation,” he said in the statement.

In the statement, Platini added:

Over the last few weeks, I have stressed my willingness to cooperate fully with the authorities carrying out the various enquiries in compliance with the strictest procedural rules. FIFA, on the other hand, has clearly flouted those rules.

I have always acted and expressed myself with honesty, courage and candour, as I feel that this is my moral duty. If what is being reported regarding the intentions of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee is indeed true, I will stop at nothing to ensure that the truth is known. Nobody should be in any doubt as to my determination to achieve that objective.

In the meantime, a dispassionate, independent and impartial judicial body needs to shine a light on the events that led the FIFA Ethics Committee to open these investigatory proceedings.

This morning I submitted the letters of support that are required in order to stand as a candidate for the presidency of FIFA. As I have always done since 2007, I will fulfil my obligations after consulting UEFA’s 54 member associations, which I will ask to convene shortly in Nyon. I will also meet with all the other confederations and FIFA’s member associations in the spirit of openness that has always characterised my actions.

I am certain that we will overcome this difficulty with full transparency and the unity that gives football its strength.

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