MONACO - UEFA president Michel Platini announced Thursday that he will not challenge Sepp Blatter for the leadership of football’s world body but made a new call for Blatter to stand down when his term ends. The 59-year-old French football legend said he would concentrate on a new term as head of Europe’s governing body instead of taking on Blatter. His decision leaves the path open for Blatter, 78, to win a fifth four-year term in charge of FIFA next year. “This is not the time, it is not my time. Not yet,” Platini said. “I thought long and hard, but never managed to convince myself during these months of reflection that I had to go to FIFA for these elections. It’s as simple as that. Once again, I have chosen to follow my heart. I have chosen football. I have chosen passion.”–AFP