Platini withdraws from race to become FIFA president

Suspended UEFA chief Michel Platini has withdrawn from the race to become FIFA president. He's told the daily L'Equipe that he will concentrate on clearing his name instead. Platini and FIFA President Sepp Blatter were suspended for eight years by FIFA's ethics committee over a 2 million Swiss franc ($2 million) payment made to Platini in 2011 for work carried out between 1999 and 2002. 60-year-old Platini says the ban has made it impossible for him to have any kind of constructive campaign to take the sport's most powerful job. The deadline for nominations to succeed Sepp Blatter is January 26. The new FIFA president will be revealed on February 26.

More from Sports News

On Virgin Radio today

Trending on Virgin Radio

  • ARN News Centre

    Get the latest UAE and world news from our award winning team of journalists. The ARN News Centre is the country's most trusted source of information.

  • Ed Sheeran - UAE EXCLUSIVE

    Latest album, what happened with BTS, raising a baby girl, eye surgery, and more!

  • Gary Vee on Crypto!

    Gary talks about the latests trends in crypto and why everyone should be getting educated on it!

  • The Kris Fade Show Podcast

    Not in the car so much while Kris, Priti and Rossi are on air? Check out the daily podcast here...