Platini to decide future before World Cup

PARIS - UEFA president Michel Platini has said he will make a decision about his future in the job before this year's World Cup in South Africa.

Platini, who became president of European football's ruling body in 2007, must decide whether he will stand for re-election in March 2011 for another four years as president.

"Possibly, maybe, I don't know," the 54-year-old Frenchman told France Football magazine when asked if he would be a candidate. "I haven't thought about it. I have the feeling I was elected yesterday."

Asked if he would make up in mind before the World Cup, he said: "Yes."

The former France playmaker also repeated that he was against the introduction of video technology, adding that the only way to improve refereeing was to increase the number of officials.

"The debate is whether we increase the number of referees," he said. "We're making a test at the moment (with two more referees in Europa League games). If I have the agreement of the International Board, I will introduce five referees in Champions League matches straight away and also for Euro (2012) qualifying."

Asked if Thierry Henry's infamous handball that helped France qualify for the World Cup had changed his views about video, Platini said: "If Thierry Henry is a cheat, we are all cheats. We have to protect football and I don't think new technologies have anything to do in football.

"To be more popular in France, I could say I'm in favour of video but I don't believe in it at all. Video would kill football."