SAFF backs UEFA chief Michel Platini for FIFA president

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A senior South Asian Football Federation () official has said its seven members will vote for Frenchman Michel in next year’s presidential elections.

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) chief Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has already backed Platini as his preferred candidate for football’s top job in the February elections, which have been forced by the worst crisis in Fifa’s 111-year history.

SAFF general secretary Anwarul Huq told Reuters on Wednesday that his organisation would follow the AFC’s lead.

“The AFC chief has already backed Platini. We will go with the AFC,” he said. “At the end of the day, voting is an individual thing but we will go with AFC as we always do,” the Bangladeshi official said after the draw ceremony for the ninth SAFF Cup to be held in India later this year.

All India Football Federation general secretary Kushal Das echoed Huq’s view on SAFF’s stance on the election.

“We’ll go by what AFC says. Of course, there have to be more meetings before that. But whoever is elected, it won’t be a problem for us,” he said

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