FIFA president Sepp Blatter has criticised UEFA chief Lennart Johansson, saying the Swede should have announced earlier that he would stand for another term as the head of the organisation.
“He should have laid his cards on the table,” Blatter Swiss newspaper Le Matin. “It is a matter of respect. This is what Mr Johansson should have done.”
Johansson had repeatedly said he would retire at the end of his current term before changing his mind and officially declaring he intended to stand again on July 11 last year.
Asked if he was backing Johansson or his rival, French rival Michel Platini, in the race for the UEFA presidency, Blatter said: “It is not my role. Of course, there are sympathies. Let’s say that I feel more like a footballer than like an executive.”