Adidas chief: Platini the best choice to succeed Blatter

AP , Friday 10 Jul 2015

Michel Platini
UEFA president Michel Platini attends a news conference after a meeting held in preparation of the EURO 2016 soccer tournament in Paris April 25, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

The chief executive of Adidas, a major FIFA sponsor, says he thinks UEFA President Michel Platini would be the best choice of successor to Sepp Blatter at the head of world football's governing body.

Herbert Hainer was quoted Friday as telling German weekly Focus: ''For me, Platini is the most suitable candidate.'' He added: ''He leads UEFA, with the best club teams worldwide and the strongest club competition, the Champions League. He has done a really good job in his two terms in office.''

Hainer says that German football federation chief Wolfgang Niersbach would be ''the ideal UEFA president'' if Platini wins the FIFA leadership.

Former France captain Platini hasn't yet said whether he will look to succeed Blatter in the FIFA presidential election expected in a few months.

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