Platini withdraws candidacy for FIFA presidency

Platini withdraws his candidacy for the FIFA presidency, says he does not have time to 'fight with others'

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

File picture of UEFA President Michel Platini leaving after a hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland December 8, 2015

Banned UEFA president Michel Platini has withdrawn his candidacy for the FIFA presidency, he was quoted as saying by French sports daily L'Equipe on Thursday.

"I withdraw my candidacy. I can no longer [go through with it]. I have neither the time, nor the means to go and see the voters, to meet people, and to fight with others."

Platini, the head of European soccer body UEFA, was handed an eight-year ban from the game by FIFA's Ethics Committee on Dec. 21, along with FIFA president Sepp Blatter. He is appealing the decision and insists he has done no wrong.