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MONACO (AP) Michel Platini will not challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, saying Thursday there was "no shadow of doubt" about his decision.
"I know some of you were expecting me to attack FIFA but that is not my goal here," Platini said. "Quite obviously we want a FIFA that works better, more transparency, more solidarity and more respected by those that love football."
UEFA members were meeting for the first time since they confronted Blatter in Brazil in June over his leadership and alleged corruption implicating FIFA. That hostile encounter in Sao Paulo on the eve of the World Cup suggested a bitter contest would follow for the FIFA leadership.