PARIS - European chief Michel Platini will announce if he is to stand against Sepp Blatter in next year's FIFA presidential election. Platini, 59, will make clear his intention in Monaco, ending months of feverish speculation. The French football legend raised hopes among his supporters that he was planning to put his name in the ring for one of the most powerful jobs in world sport after publically declaring in June that he no longer supported Blatter. The divisive 76-year-old FIFA boss has come under intense pressure over issues such as widespread FIFA corruption and 2022 Qatar World Cup. Platini paved the way for standing against Blatter when he told FIFA delegates: "I am supporting him no longer, it's finished. He knows it, I told him. I think FIFA needs a new breath of fresh air."–AFP