Pla­tini slams Blat­ter

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

BBC PARIS — UEFA pres­i­dent Michel Pla­tini ( pic­tured) has thrown his weight be­hind Jor­dan’s Prince Ali bin al Hus­sein in his bid to un­seat Sepp Blat­ter as the head of foot­ball’s world gov­ern­ing body FIFA.

In an in­ter­view on Mon­day with L’equipe news­pa­per, the French mid­field leg­end turned foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tor said that Blat­ter had lied to him four years ago when say­ing that his cur­rent fourth man­date would be his last.

“He asked us face to face to sup­port him for what would be his last man­date,” said Pla­tini, a for­mer ally of Blat­ter who has in­creas­ingly turned against the Swiss chief.

“I have the dis­agree­able feel­ing of hav­ing pre­ferred my sup­port on the ba­sis of a lie.

“You have to be ca­pa­ble of hand­ing over the levers of power at the right time and not be guilty of hold­ing on to it at any cost.

“He (Blat­ter) is not stay­ing on be­cause he has a job to com­plete or be­cause he still has some big projects to carry out for FIFA. No, he sim­ply is scared of what the fu­ture holds for him hav­ing con­se­crated his life to FIFA to the point that he iden­ti­fies him­self to­tally with it.”

Pla­tini said that he be­lieved that it was the right time for new blood to be brought in and that Prince Ali was the best man for the job. The Jor­da­nian is the sole re­main­ing can­di­date left in the con­test for the FIFA pres­i­dency, which will be de­cided in Zurich to­mor­row fol­low­ing last week’s with­drawals of Por­tu­gal great Luis Figo and Dutch ad­min­is­tra­tor Michael van Praag. — AFP

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