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ident Michel Platini will
wait until next year before
deciding whether to run
for the Fifa presidency.
"I will take my decision
during or after the World
Cup in Brazil and not
before," Platini told Euro-
pean football leaders yes-
terday. "I have not yet
decided what I will do in
the future and I want to
have a few additional
months to think.
The Fifa election is in
May 2015, and president
Sepp Blatter could yet seek
a fifth term in office.
Blatter told UEFA mem-
bers in 2011 that he would
not stay in office beyond
2015, when he would be 79,
but has since suggested he
could stand again.
Platini, once a Blatter
protege and long seen as
the natural heir at Fifa, said
it would be "egotistical" to
make his potential candi-
dacy a priority in world
The France great
addressed UEFA s 54-mem-
ber federations and its exec-
utive committee to begin a
four-day gathering in
They will consider
Europe s position on an
expected Fifa decision next
month that the 2022 World
Cup in Qatar should move
from summer to winter,
threatening radical changes
to the traditional football
Platini, who was elected
to lead UEFA in 2007, faces
his own re-election likely
in March 2015.
"These elections are in
two years time and I think
it would be egotistical to
make it a topic for debate
or discussion now when
football faces much more
important problems or
issues than me or my sit-
uation," he said in a speech.
"I deeply love UEFA and
it would be heartbreaking
to choose another path. But
at the same time, the ques-
tion continuously pops up
and it s a legitimate one.
This is the reason why it s
important for me to take
my time, to make sure I take
the right decision." (AP)
Platini to decide in 2014 on Fifa pres run
CAIRO---Senegal won t be allowed to play the sec-
ond leg of its World Cup playoff tie against Ivory
Coast at home because a ban on the Leopold Sen-
ghor stadium in Dakar still applies.
The Confederation of African Football says Senegal
will have to play its home leg outside the country.
CAF imposed a one-year ban on the stadium for
a riot there last October, when Senegal was hosting
Ivory Coast in an African Cup qualifier. The game
was stopped in the second half with Ivory Coast
leading 2-0. Senegal also was disqualified from the
African Cup and fined.
Senegal and Ivory Coast meet for a place at the
World Cup this time, with the first leg in Ivory Coast
next month and the second in neutral territory in
ban stands for
RIO DE JANEIRO---In the midst of preparing
for next year s World Cup and the 2016
Olympics, Brazil could also be in line to hold
the women s World Cup as early as 2019.
Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said he s
already talked with Fifa president Sepp Blatter
about the idea.
"I proposed the idea," Rebelo said at the launch
of a new Brazilian women s league on Monday.
"I think other countries are interested in holding
"We ll have to look at the calendar. If we don t
get it for 2019, then we ll have to look at another
That would make for a very crowded calendar
since Brazil is also slated to hold the Copa America
in 2019---the men s continental championship.
Canada will hold the 2015 women s World Cup.
Brazil is preparing for next year s World Cup
and the 2016 Olympics.
Brazil wants to host
women's World Cup
MILAN---Inter Milan has been ordered by the Ital-
ian league to play its next home match with one
end of San Siro closed as punishment for fan racism.
A 1-1 draw between Inter and Juventus on Saturday
was marred by Inter fans targeting two Juventus play-
ers with racist chants.
It s the third time this Serie A season that a squad
will play with part of its stadium closed due to racism.
Lazio was punished in its opener for supporters
actions in the Italian Super Cup against Juventus
and Roma was penalised in the second round for
racism toward AC Milan players at the end of last
Inter was also fined 15,000 euros ($20,000).
Inter s next home match is against Fiorentina on
San Siro to be partially
closed due to racism
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