Platini confirms FIFA presidency bid

FILE - In this May 28, 2015 file picture, UEFA-President Michel Platini speaks during a news conference after a meeting of the European Soccer federation UEFA in Zurich, Switzerland. Michel Platini has launched his campaign to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, aiming to give the scandal-hit governing body "the dignity and the position it deserves." Platini, the UEFA president and a FIFA vice president, wrote to member federations in Europe on Wednesday July 29, 2015 saying he will stand in the election and is counting on their support. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP,file)

GENEVA (AP) Michel Platini has launched his campaign to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, aiming to give the scandal-hit governing body "the dignity and the position it deserves."

Platini, the UEFA president and a FIFA vice president, wrote to member federations in Europe on Wednesday that he will stand in the election and counts on their support.

The former France great is the first serious contender to declare his intentions ahead of an Oct. 26 deadline to apply. The FIFA election is on Feb. 26.

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