Michel Platini lost England’s support for his FIFA presidential bid today, signaling the first crack in the European unity behind the Frenchman that UEFA had sought to portray.
The English Football Association was one of the first federations to publicly endorse Platini’s campaign in July and now becomes the first to distance itself from the UEFA president while he remains under investigation.
Platini, a former France captain and manager, is being investigated over a 1.35million British Pounds payment he received from Sepp Blatter in 2011.
Blatter, the outgoing president of world football’s governing body, is under criminal investigation over the payment. Both men deny any wrongdoing and are currently on a 90-day suspension.