FIFA, UEFA, FFF … Platini talks about his future and beats out the institutions, the “bureaucrats”, those who “killed” him

Acquitted by the Swiss courts last Friday, the former No. 10 of the French team opens up in an interview awarded to LCI this Friday.

Michel Platini empties his bag. Recently released by Swiss justice, after a seven-year soap opera, the ex-future FIFA president takes stock of his future at the microphone of LCIA this Friday. A future that will not go through the institutions of football, that’s for sure… And this even if “platoche», aged 67, is now free to fulfill the functions of his choice. Believing that he, with his family, “significant media rest needed“, the former vice president of the French Football Federation (FFF) and FIFA, also former president of UEFA, no longer want to evolve in this environment. “I decided not to run for FIFA, I decided not to run for UEFA, I decided not to run for French Football Federation, I decided not to introduce myself to Fifpro“, he says.

Decisions that are not new to Platini, who explains that he made them”a long time ago“.”I wanted to say it with my head held high and not under the influence of a charge, of a fake thing“, he hammers, with the singing of the crickets as background noise. “The footballers, the players, the game, the clubs, these are things I look at, it’s daily football, grassroots football. This is what fans like and I will always be a football fan but not a fan of these settingshe adds, assuring that “that world no longer interests him. I was disappointed in this world.“The former Blues playmaker no longer wants to put on the Sports Minister’s suit if President Macron offered it to him. “No thanks, I want a little quiet life‘ he lets go without detour.

Seven years in turmoil

Recall that since 2015 Platini has been in the eye of the storm over a disputed payment from FIFA and its former president, Sepp Blatter. A case that cut his wings, his head, when he was promised the reins of FIFA. The one who inherited it, Gianni Infantino, was clearly the target of Platini in his previous interventions. The Swiss leader was clearly not quoted here.

The goal, of course, was to eliminate me for seven years. (…) I said it when I left the court: they won. Seven years ago I would be the president of FIFA. Today I certainly wouldn’t sunbathe in Cassis, I would definitely be in airplanes before shaking hands with hypocritical people. Since then I’ve matured, I’ve grown, I’ve gotten older, I’m 67, how are you… I no longer want to spend my life on planes hanging out with people who don’t like me, don’t and don’t really like me find“says Michel Platini, relaxed and serene, but firm and upright in his boots. Also touched and said that “the wound is deep“, but determined to assert his rights by contracting on the legal ground. “What has happened in all these institutions that they do not recognize my innocence? What’s behind it? That’s why I filed a complaint in Paris and I’m going to file a civil action in Switzerland“, he recalled, as he used the term “counter attack“.

There are many who believed in me, but there are also those who killed me

Michael Platin

Claiming bruised by “the media processPlatini also noted with satisfaction that “people believed in (him)at the height of the storm. “People who believed that I was sincere and honest and that I was going to do things for football. There are many who believed in me, but there are also those who killed me.“The word is out…

But the resurrection may be near. In any case, the former European champion of 1984, in the tricolor jersey, is not yet planning to retire definitively from the football world that took him to the highest spheres via Saint-Etienne and Juventus Turin from AS Nancy-Lorraine. “I’ve always said that if there was something interesting to do for football, I would do it, but not in these institutions. These institutions are worlds that have disturbed me, that have not pleased me in recent years, and to that world I do not want to return. But if there is something really positive for football, for the game and for the players, I will try to do it“, he said. And to continue:I believe that players are not part of today’s football world. All these bureaucrats hate footballers. But if there’s something interesting to do, I’ll do it, and I have interesting ideas.Michel Platini is not dead, far from it.

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