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Disgraced former Uefa boss Platini to Swiss TV: 'I'll be back'

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Disgraced former Uefa boss Platini to Swiss TV: 'I'll be back'
Photo: ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI / AFP
11:20 CEST+02:00
Former UEFA president Michel Platini told Swiss television channel RTS on Friday he "will be back" as his ban from football for ethics violations finishes on October 7.

Platini, a former France captain, was stopped from partaking in all football-related activities in 2015 for receiving a two-million Swiss franc (1.8 million euros, $2 million) payment from ex-FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, who was suspended for six years.

"I will be back. I don't know where, I don't know how. I can't stay on the suspension, even if it's a suspension made by idiots," Platini said.

"I was a victim of a form of a plot, yes, totally, between those at FIFA and those at the Swiss public ministry.

"There was an agreement between FIFA and them to sack me. I'm not going to say it was a plot by the Swiss state," the 64-year-old added.

Football governing bodies have been dogged by corruption claims for over a decade, with the decisions by FIFA to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively coming under significant criticism. 

The decision to award the 2006 World Cup to Germany has also come under fire due to a bribery scandal involving former German national team captain Franz Beckenbauer. 

 
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