Former UEFA president
Lennart Johansson said on Friday that the time had come for FIFA President Sepp Blatter to quit.
Johansson, 82, who was UEFA's president for 17 years and a
former FIFA vice-president, fought and lost a bitter 1998 FIFA
presidential election to Blatter, who has remained in power ever
Blatter, who will be 76 next month, secured a fourth term
unopposed last year and has said he will retire in 2015.
However the Swede told the BBC's World Service: "It cannot
be that only one man should be dictating and taking all the
decisions about world football.
"There is not much more to do than to get rid of the man in
Johansson said that Michel Platini, who succeeded him as
UEFA president in 2007, should replace Blatter.
"He is, to me, closer to what I was looking for," Johansson
"He has tried to be fair, he's open-minded, he allows
discussions and he obeys decisions made by the majority."
FIFA has been hit by a wave of corruption allegations over
the last 18 months which have ended the footballing careers of a
number of high-ranking officials including Qatari Mohammed Bin
Hammam, who pulled out of the FIFA presidential election last
year after being accused of bribery, allowing Blatter to be
Berlin will stage Champions League final for the first time in 2015
Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze ruled out of Champions League final against Bayern Munich
Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini will leave the La Liga club at the end of the current season
Stoke City and manager Tony Pulis part company by mutual agreement after seven years
Ten years on, the legends speak to FFT
Your questions answered by an A to Z of legends
He's here, he's there, he's...
The cost of Premier League away travel
Nike CR7 IX for you
FourFourTwo is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media & FourFourTwo is part of Haymarket Sport
| International Licensing | © Haymarket Media Group 2010