Pla­tini is root­ing for Is­rael

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY SI­MON GRIVER

UEFA MICHEL Pla­tini has con­fessed to Is­rael FA chair­man Avi Lu­zon that he re­cently led his daugh­ter to the “chu­pah” in Paris. Pla­tini, whose wife, Krys­tal, is Jewish, said that his new sonin-law is from a Tu­nisian Jewish fam­ily called Tayib.

Lu­zon and Pla­tini also dis­cussed foot­ball when they met in Switzer­land last week. The Uefa Pres­i­dent said he hoped to help clubs in smaller coun­tries by end­ing seed­ing for the draw of the third qual­i­fy­ing round of the Cham­pi­ons League, giv­ing the Is­raeli cham­pi­ons a greater chance of reach­ing the lu­cra­tive group stage.

The for­mer French in­ter­na­tional also re­veald that Uefa would con­sider Is­rael’s ap­pli­ca­tion to host the Euro­pean Un­der 19 Cham­pi­onship fi­nals in 2009.

Lu­zon and Pla­tini signed pro­to­cols for the Uefa PRO li­cence course which will be­gin next Fe­bru­ary in Is­rael for se­nior coaches in­clud­ing Chelsea man­ager Avram Grant and na­tional team coach Dror Kash­tan.

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