Sunday Times

With Iain Dey

THE election of Michel Platini as president of Fifa would be “a tragedy” and bring no improvement on the scandal-blighted tenure of Sepp Blatter, according to a former ethics chief at world football’s governing body.

Michael Hershman, who served on the international governance committee established by Fifa in 2011 in the wake of a first wave of allegations about bribery and corruption at the organisation, said: “Platini has been in the system and on the executive committee for many years now. He has not been an outspoken leader of reform.

“In fact, some of the reforms proposed by our independent governance committee were opposed by him.

“He is a protégé of Sepp Blatter. This is not the kind of change Fifa needs. Platini as the next president is about the same as keeping Sepp Blatter in place.”

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