In an interview given to Swiss television on the sidelines of his trial, Michel Platini attacks Fifa, which according to him “has already won”. The former UEFA president, accused of having received an alleged unfair payment in 2011, tackles the “shameful system” which benefits the world body.
A few days before the verdict, the stakes are made, according to Michel Platini. The former captain of the France team is accused of having received an unfair payment of more than 1.9 million euros in 2011 from FIFA. A case for which the Swiss justice required a year and an eight month suspended prison sentence against the French as well as the former boss of the instance Sepp Blatter. Questioned by Swiss television, Platini denounces an “injustice”.
“I’m armored against injustice, he says at the microphone of RTS. When we played football matches, which we lost because of a referee’s decision, for 20- 30 years old, you are a little armored. But injustice hurts much more your loved ones, your family, your children, your grandchildren, because they are not prepared to suffer such injustices”.
“I am attacking two very strong organizations: Swiss justice and FIFA billions”
The former UEFA number one then proves fatalistic about his chances of winning his case. “I am attacking two very strong organizations: Swiss justice and the billions of FIFA, he points out. It is hard to fight them but I am still fighting against them because I know that there are has a collusion and that they have done a lot of things between them. Humanly, you are in the fight, the battle. It is something that I like and that I have always liked. I don’t let go, I won’t let go nothing and I will go all the way”.
“It will not end in Bellinzona, our affair, then promises Platini, who again criticizes FIFA. It will not end here because I think there is a shameful system at FIFA level which does that, but I understood that very late, that there is money to be elected, to give, and that there are all these commissions – ethics commission, TAS – which is the armed wing to protect oneself. FIFA is run by an administration that has all the means to protect itself. It’s hard to beat them.”
The former coach of the Blues believes that his future is all mapped out, while his career as a manager came to a halt in 2015, when he was suspended from all football-related activity. “I lost, FIFA already won. It’s been seven years since they took away any ambition I could possibly have within world football. It’s over. Seven years, it’s over, they Moreover, there is a man who worked in the communication of FIFA and who said: ‘anyway, we don’t care even if there is nothing, because in seven years , professionally he will be dead’.”
From now on, Michel Platini wishes “to think about other things, which I could possibly do for the good of football because I think that I am in the good of football as I have been for 50 years, unlike other people”. The final decision will be handed down on July 8 by the federal criminal court in Bellinzona.