Former Uefa president calls on 'dictating' Sepp Blatter to stand down


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Former UEFA president Lennart Johansson has accused Sepp Blatter of "dictating" world football and called for the FIFA supremo to stand down.

Johansson, a former FIFA vice-president, lost a 1998 election for the top job to Blatter and has watched on as the Swiss supremo held onto power ever since.

The Swede told the BBC's World Service the situation must change, with Batter re-elected unopposed for a fourth term last year.

"It cannot be that only one man should be dictating and taking all the decisions about world football," he said.

"There is not much more to do than to get rid of the man in question."

Johansson believes his successor as UEFA president, Michel Platini, is the man to replace Blatter.

"He is to me closer to what I was looking for," he said.