President of European football’s governing body Uefa, Michelle Platini, has received the backing of four of six Fifa continental confederations to become president of the world football governing body if he stands for election.
Platini was re-elected for a third term as president of Uefa earlier this year. He has not confirmed any intention to run for the position of Fifa president, which will be vacated by Sepp Blatter at an extraordinary elective congress on 26 February, but could do so in a matter of days.
A source close to Uefa said Platini was repeatedly promised support at meetings with confederation representatives held in the late hours of Sunday night at a luxury lakeside hotel in Zurich.
Candidates must make their intentions known on or before 26 October’ according to Fifa rules.
South America’s continental confederation (CONMEBOL), North America, Central America and the Caribbean confederation (CONCACAF), Asia (AFC), as well as Uefa have reportedly endorsed Platini’s candidacy.
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) and Oceania’s confederation (OFC) are the other two confederations of Fifa.
Blatter announced he will be stepping down as Fifa president on June 2, four days after his re-election for a fifth term as head of football’s governing body in the wake of arrest of seven of its high ranking officials in Zurich.
United States prosecutors are investigating cases of corruption, conspiracy and racketeering levelled against 14 officials with links to Fifa, while Swiss authorities- in a separate investigation- are looking at the decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cup to Russia and Qatar respectively.