PARIS (AFP) - Uefa president Michel Platini has thrown his weight behind Jordan's Prince Ali al Hussein in his bid to unseat Sepp Blatter as the head of football's world governing body Fifa.
In an interview on Monday with L'Equipe newspaper, the French midfield legend turned football administrator said that Blatter had lied to him four years ago when saying that his current fourth mandate would be his last.
"He asked us face to face to support him for what would be his last mandate," said Platini, a former ally of Blatter who has increasingly turned against the Swiss chief. "I have the disagreeable feeling of having proferred my support on the basis of a lie.
"You have to be capable of handing over the levers of power at the right time and not be guilty of holding on to it at any cost. He (Blatter) is not staying on because he has a job to complete or because he still has some big projects to carry out for Fifa. No, he simply is scared of what the future holds for him having consecrated his life to Fifa to the point that he identifies himself totally with it."
Platini said that he believed that it is the right time for new blood to be brought in and that Prince Ali was the best man for the job.
The Jordanian is the sole remaining candidate left in the contest for the Fifa presidency, which will be decided in Zurich on Friday following last week's withdrawals of Portugal great Luis Figo and Dutch administrator Michael van Praag.