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Michel Platini pledges consultation on Fifa bid

Astana, Kazakhstan: Michel Platini, president of European football’s governing body Uefa, said on Thursday that he would decide later in the year whether to seek the presidency of the Fifa world federation.

Platini, 58, told the European federation’s congress in Astana he would hold talks with individual member countries in the coming months before deciding his future plans.

Fifa and Uefa are to hold leadership elections in 2015. Current Fifa president Sepp Blatter, 78, has not formally announced whether he will stand again but has said he will do so if asked by member nations.

Referring to the elections, Platini said: “As these concern you first and foremost, we will discuss them all together at [executive] meetings after the summer.

“I will be there to listen to you, as usual, and we can then take decisions together, as we always do.”

Blatter is expected to announce his decision at the Fifa Congress in Rio de Janeiro in June just ahead of the start of the World Cup finals.