International

I'm best man for FIFA - Platini

2015-10-29 08:46
Michel Platini (AFP)

Paris - European football supremo Michel Platini insisted on Thursday that he remains the best man to lead scandal-hit FIFA despite currently being suspended from the sport.

The French legend, one of seven candidates to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, believes that his experience as a player, coach and administrator far outstrips any of his six rivals.

"In all modesty, I am the best-placed to lead world football," Platini, 60, told Swiss daily Le Matin in an interview in which he even went on to compare himself to a medieval knight.

"I am the only one to have a broad vision for football."

Platini and Blatter are both suspended for 90 days while an investigation is carried out into a controversial 1.8 million euro payment made by the FIFA chief to the Frenchman in 2011.

"I have been a player, coach of the French team, a club official at Nancy, organiser of the World Cup and, today, the head of the most powerful football confederation, a mission that I have accomplished with honesty," he added.

Platini faces competition from Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Musa Bility, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Tokyo Sexwale for the FIFA top job.

Infantino is the general-secretary of UEFA and was a shock candidate for the February 26 vote which will decide who will succeed Blatter.

Platini said that Infantino's nomination represented a "plan B" on the part of UEFA.

"I am delighted. The day that I am cleared, everything will be fine," added Platini.

"The executive committee, Gianni and me, we will meet to re-evaluate the situation. And we will choose the best solution for football."

The Platini camp claimed on Monday that Infantino had given an "oral" reassurance to the UEFA executive committee that he would quit the FIFA race if Platini was cleared of wrongdoing.

However, a source close to the Frenchman also added: "The truth in politics today is not the same on the day after".

Platini blasted the suspension and its negative effect on his chances of putting across his case.

"It has prevented me from campaigning and fighting on equal terms," he said before waxing lyrical over his current predicament.

"I feel like I am a medieval knight facing a fortress. I am trying to storm it for football but instead all I get is boiling oil poured on my head."

Despite his weariness with the ongoing investigation, Platini is adamant that he will be cleared.

"I was always assured that the payment (from FIFA to himself) had followed the rules of internal compliance."

Platini refused to entertain thoughts that he had fallen victim to an elaborate plot engineered by Blatter to blacken his name and reputation.

"I do not want to believe in a conspiracy theory," he said.

Read more on:    fifa  |  michel platini  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.