AP Sources: Michel Platini will run for FIFA president

GENEVA (AP) Michel Platini will run for FIFA president and plans to announce his intentions this week.

Two officials familiar with Platini's plans tell The Associated Press that the FIFA vice president has made a decision to try to succeed Sepp Blatter. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Platini has not announced his candidacy.

The officials say the UEFA president has been encouraged to run by most leaders of FIFA's continental confederations.

The FIFA election is on Feb. 26 and would-be candidates must apply by Oct. 26.

Platini did not oppose Blatter before his re-election in May. Blatter, Platini's long-time mentor in FIFA politics, is standing down amid investigations of corruption.