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Rival criticises Fifa presidency candidate Platini

Michel Platini has been described as a "product of the system" by one his fellow Fifa presidency candidates.

Chung Mong-Joon, a former Fifa vice-president from South Korea, confirmed he would challenge for football's top job last week.

A long-time critic of outgoing president Sepp Blatter, Chung has called for a non-European to be elected president.

Chung Mong-Joon doesn't want Platini as president. Credit: PA

He told BBC's World Football programme: "It will be very difficult for Mr Platini to have any meaningful reforms. Mr Platini enjoys institutional support from the current structure of Fifa. Mr Platini is very much a product of the current system.

"It is time that Fifa had a non-European leadership. Fifa became a closed organisation for President Blatter, his associates and his cronies and I want to change that.

"If I get elected, my job is not to enjoy the luxury of the office. My job is to change it."

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Platini to run for Fifa presidency

Michel Platini will take a run at the presidency. Credit: PA

Michel Platini is set to run for the Fifa presidency and an announcement could come as early as Wednesday to confirm his candidacy.

Platini, the Uefa president, held further talks with football powerbrokers at the 2018 World Cup draw in St Petersburg at the weekend and is now confident he has the support necessary to win.

The election to succeed Sepp Blatter will take place on February 26 in Zurich.

Putin backs Fifa president Blatter for Nobel prize

Russia president Vladimir Putin says outgoing Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel prize for his work at Fifa.

Blatter, who is set to leave his role of Fifa president this year, has received the backing of Putin after a meeting in St Petersburg on Saturday, as Russia prepare to host the 2018 World Cup.

Putin also offered his support to Blatter over the Fifa corruption scandal, saying he doesn't believe any of it.

Sepp Blatter, left, and Vladimir Putin, right, met at the weekend. Credit: PA

"We all know the situation developing around Mr Blatter right now. I don't want to go into details but I don't believe a word about him being involved in corruption personally," Putin told Swiss broadcaster RTS.

"I think people like Mr Blatter or the heads of big international sporting federations, or the Olympic Games, deserve special recognition. If there is anyone who deserves the Nobel prize, it's those people."

Blatter's anti-corruption speech interrupted by prank

Sepp Blatter's attempt to outline his plans for an anti-corruption taskforce was interrupted by comedian Simon Brodkin today.

The prankster, whose stage name is Lee Nelson, threw bank notes at the 79-year-old, saying: "Here you go Sepp."

Blatter - who resigned in June following the arrest of several Fifa officials on suspicion of corruption and bribery - said the reforms would include enhance centralised integrity checks for Fifa members and presidential term-limits.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports:

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Blatter: Fifa to set up 11-person reforms task force

Comedian Lee Nelson showered Blatter in bank notes before the news conference. Credit: Reuters

Fifa President Sepp Blatter announced a range of reforms at football's world governing body during a news conference today.

Blatter, who earlier had bank notes thrown at him, said an 11-person task force would be set up to develop the proposals.

The 79-year-old said the reforms would include enhance centralised integrity checks for executive committee members, the introduction of term limits and higher standards of governance.

He said: "Now I think with this we are on the right track with improved governance and greater accountability."

Comedian throws money at Blatter during conference

A comedian has thrown "bank notes" at Fifa President Sepp Blatter during a press conference in Zurich.

The comedian Simon Brodkin - playing the character of footballer Jason Bent - said the money was "for North Korea 2026".

He was taken away by security but not before throwing the bundle over a shocked Blatter.

Brodkin, best known for his comedy creation Lee Nelson, invaded the stage during Kanye West's performance at Glastonbury last month.

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