FA statement: Michel Platini and FIFA candidacy

Wednesday 29 Jul 2015
The FA supports UEFA President Michel Platini in his candidacy to lead FIFA

FA Chairman Greg Dyke has backed UEFA President Michel Platini in his bid to succeed Sepp Blatter as the head of FIFA.

Dyke said: "We support Michel Platini’s candidacy.

"We have a good relationship with him and hope he can gain the necessary global backing to lead a new FIFA during the most difficult period in its history.

"We understand there will be a number of candidates, which should result in a strong and healthy debate. However, we should not underestimate how challenging it will be for anyone to lead an organisation that has been so tainted. The whole structure of FIFA must be reviewed and fundamentally changed.

Michel Platini and Greg Dyke outside St George

Michel Platini was a visitor to St. George's Park in 2014

"With FA Vice Chairman David Gill newly-appointed to the FIFA Executive Committee and the level of worldwide scrutiny on the reform process, the opportunity is there to bring about positive change.

"While we have yet to see Mr Platini’s manifesto, we believe he will fully support an ongoing reform process. 

"Mr Platini has been supportive of English football in recent years, not least when he visited St. George’s Park last autumn and we spoke at length about the game in this country, our strong leagues, great clubs and fantastic fans. 

"We continue to have discussions with him on our concerns about dwindling opportunities for homegrown players – a concern he shares.

"We are pleased Mr Platini has decided to stand as a candidate and we look forward to supporting him."

By FA Staff