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Reform delay annoys Platini

May 30, 2013
By ESPN staff

UEFA president Michel Platini is unhappy that reforms of age and term limits for FIFA officials are taking so long - and has denied UEFA is at fault for the delay.

Michel Platini, Sepp Blatter
GettyImagesMichel Platini chats with Sepp Blatter

FIFA's executive committee this week postponed any vote on such changes until 2014, meaning president Sepp Blatter could yet stand for election again in 2015. By the time the next term is completed he would be 83.

"Perhaps there is some politics inside FIFA... but if they don't want [the reforms], then they are not to say that it is Europe who stop the reform," Platini said. "That is my point to you. Because we followed [the reforms] from the beginning. The rest is politics.

"It is two years that we speak about [age and term limit reforms]. And the postponement. In two years, do you think there will be an agreement?"

When asked if he thought there would be an agreement on the age and term limits at the 2014 congress in Brazil, Platini said: "No. Because it concerns Blatter, it concerns me, it concerns the age, it concerns people of 83 years. It concerns the people who are judge and jury."