CONCACAF support for Platini

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:22

CONCACAF support for Platini

Platini promised to restore “dignity” to world football’s governing body after announcing his candidacy to replace Sepp Blatter next February.
But the former France captain’s campaign suffered a setback earlier this week when the president of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Gordon Derrick moved to deny suggestions Platini had already received the backing of the CONCACAF region, as had previously been reported.
“I know that no-one has spoken to us (CONCACAF) collectively, we haven’t had a collective meeting, there is no way anybody can have (promised) anything,” said Derrick. 
However, Platini has now been boosted by claims from the CFU’s vice-president Cheney Joseph, who believes Platini would help the development of the game’s smaller countries. 
“He (Platini) is willing to embrace ideas from around the world despite the size and ranking of nations,” Joseph told GrenadaSports.
“I have had the personal experience to engage him on a few occasions and our conversations make me feel he is an appropriate choice.” 
CONCACAF, the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, has 35 of 209 votes in February’s election, with 25 of those belonging to the influential CFU. 
“The world needs to see reforms taking place in football around the world and our belief is that Platini is quite capable of transforming the image and the game,” added Joseph, who is also the president of the Grenada Football Association. 
“I am confident Platini will be willing to identify our special needs once he becomes president.”

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