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FIFA and UEFA excos were kept in the dark over Platini payment – Inside World Football

Posted October 13, 2015

October 13 – Sepp Blatter’s payment to Michel Platini of £1.35 million for alleged work for FIFA which is being investigated by the Swiss authorities was never declared to the executive committees of either FIFA or UEFA.

It now appears that there were two contracts a written contract for Platini’s work for FIFA between 1998 and 2002 for which around £710,000 was believed to have been paid to Platini. But then there was a further payment of £1.35 million on the basis of an oral contract and it is this the Swiss are investigating.

Lennart Johannsson, who was President of UEFA in 1999 when Blatter is alleged to have hired Platini to work for FIFA told Insideworldfootball: “I was a member of the FIFA executive then and Blatter should have reported it to the executive but he never did. I never heard about this arrangement in FIFA. This is quite a lot of money, not a small amount. I have only learnt through the media that Platini claims that he has a contract with FIFA.”

Platini received the payment of £1.35 million in 2011 and by this time the Frenchman had succeeded Johannsson as President of UEFA. However, as honorary President of UEFA Johansson attends UEFA executive meetings and said: “I would have expected this payment to be reported to UEFA. Platini should have mentioned it to the executive. I would have done so. I would have said to the executive, ‘I have a contract with Blatter which you may criticise. But this is the truth, this is the money I received and you should know about it.’ I attend all UEFA executive meetings. I never heard about this payment of Blatter to Platini.”

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Michel Platini will not be able to reform FIFA – he is part of the old guard, says Lennart Johansson

Posted October 6, 2015

London Evening Standard

Lennart Johansson knows how difficult it is to remove Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini from world football. In 1998 Johansson, then UEFA president, stood against Sepp Blatter for the top job at FIFA and lost. Then, in 2007, Johansson was dethroned by Platini after 17 years at the head of UEFA.

However, Blatter’s reign as FIFA president is finally nearing its end as he is being forced to step down in the wake of the scandal that has engulfed the game’s governing body.

The race to succeed him took a twist today when one of the candidates, Chung Mong-joon, claimed FIFA had charged him for allegedly breaking their ethics code as a ploy to prevent him from running for the presidency.

Platini is also in the running to replace Blatter at next February’s election but Johansson says: “Platini’s still part of the same world. That’s my impression. I doubt he will be able to reform FIFA.”

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Uefa warms up substitute: a rival cup

Posted May 31, 2015
Sunday Times

EUROPEAN football’s governing body, Uefa. could consider promoting a rival competition to Fifa’s World Cup as part of an overall plan to break ties with Sepp Blatter’s organisation.

Officials led by Michel Platini, Uefa’s president, will meet this weekend in Berlin where their showpiece event, the Champions League Final between Barcelona and Juventus, takes place.

Platini, the former French star player who became a Fifa power broker, failed to persuade Blatter to step down when the two men met in Zurich on Thursday. He now says that all options are open and this includes Uefa leaving Fifa.

Fifa election: Desperate Sepp Blatter calls for unity as he waits to learn his fate

Posted May 29, 2015

London Evening Standard

Sepp Blatter was fighting for his future as the head of world football today, as he admitted the dramatic events of the last 48 hours had “unleashed a storm” against Fifa.

Blatter made a call for unity as he addressed Fifa Congress here at the start of a day which he hoped would end with him being voted in for a fifth term as president of the governing body.

Although Blatter was favourite to defeat Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, the arrest of seven top Fifa officials as part of a corruption probe has dented his standing. Even if Blatter wins the election, he has a huge job to regain the support of the 209 confederations.

In his opening remarks to Fifa delegates, Blatter said: “The events of this week unleashed a storm. It was even questioned whether this Congress would go ahead but I am appealing for unity and team spirit to tackle the problems.

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So what will Blatter do after May 29?

Posted April 13, 2015

No, this is not a joke question but a very serious one. The jokey part of it is that once on the afternoon of May 29 in Zurich, the national associations re-elect Sepp Blatter for a fifth term as President, the 78 year old will cavort on stage possibly with a football as he acknowledges the hosannas of his followers like a medieval monarch. He has done that in the past and, as in 2002, he may be joined by his grandchildren. But the serious question is what sort of punishment does Blatter have in mind for UEFA for daring to challenge him?

That there will be some punishment cannot be doubted. This election will mark the third time he has taken on UEFA and beaten them and we need to look at what happened after each of those elections to see what might happen.

In 1998 UEFA were very confident that Lennart Johansson, their much loved President, would defeat Blatter and end the long and unworthy reign of, as they saw it, the Brazilian usurper Joao Havelange. But for all the qualities the Swede had, and he had many, winning sporting elections was not one of them. And in Blatter he had an opponent who had learnt the arts of sports politics at the hands of Havelange and Horst Dassler, and was just too clever. A lot of noise was made of all sorts of dirty tricks and allegations of underhand payments to Africans in a Paris hotel the night before the vote but nothing emerged. I recall how after the election I asked Blatter about this and he brushed me aside saying the referee has blown the whistle, the match is over.

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