Four of six confederations say would back Platini for FIFA president

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By Brian Homewood

ZURICH (Reuters) - Four out of six continental soccer confederations would back Michel Platini, head of European soccer's governing body UEFA, to lead the sport's world governing body FIFA should he stand, a source close to UEFA said on Monday.

However, a UEFA spokesman said Frenchman Platini had not yet decided whether to run in a Feb 26 election to replace Sepp Blatter, who announced in June he was resigning, as a corruption scandal engulfed FIFA.

The confederations themselves were not available to comment on whether they would be able to persuade their members to vote for Platini. Each of FIFA's 209 member associations has one vote at the presidential elections. As voting is secret, they have

no way in practice of enforcing a block vote.

Platini, a former French international regarded as one of the most gifted players of his generation, was repeatedly promised support at meetings with confederation representatives held into Sunday night at a hotel in Zurich, the source said.

"The UEFA president is very happy with his current role as leader of European soccer's governing body," UEFA's head of communications Pedro Pinto told reporters.

"He's been very pleased and touched by the words of support he has received here in Zurich over the last couple of days.

United States prosecutors threw FIFA into turmoil in May by indicting 14 sports marketing executives and soccer officials, including a number from soccer's governing body. Seven were arrested in a dawn raid on a Zurich hotel.   Continued...

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