According to our information, Michel Platini will be received by the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, on February 10. In the current context of very strong turbulence around the president of the French Football Federation (FFF), Noël Le Graët, this meeting will be scrutinized very closely. The meeting was set shortly after the World Cup final, at the request of “Platoche”, but rather to talk about FIFA than the FFF. The former number 10 of the Blues proposes to instruct the minister on the habits and customs of the international institution. But the French federal news could upset the agenda, while the succession of “NLG” will end up one day all the same.
Only certainty, Platini and Le Graët maintain execrable relations. Basically, “Platoche” harshly reproaches the Breton for not having supported him enough during his “shit” with FIFA. The president of the FFF has even become the main European ally of Gianni Infantino, the worst enemy, all categories, of Platini. “I wasn’t going to tuck him in every night […] Everyone has his own life. If he can get back in the foot, so much the better. If he can’t come back, so be it. His future ? I do not care at all “, Le Graët replied to Platini in The Team of October 4, 2017, with a very personal style that announced his Sunday statements against the other greatest player in the history of French football, Zinédine Zidane…
Platini’s legal future still unclear
Two years later, still in The Teamwhile Le Graët was on track for a new term and no likely opponent had declared himself, Michel Platini vaguely wondered: “Friends advise me to go there, others say to me: ‘What’s the point of being president of the FFF when you’ve been president of UEFA?’ » Since then, the former boss of the European Confederation (2007-2015) has not really found an answer to this question, but twice in the past, to become coach of the Blues (1988-1992) then co-president of the World Cup 1998, “Platoche” had known how to force his nature to respond to the call of the fatherland.
Currently on vacation in the Seychelles, Michel Platini is therefore still far from posing as a recourse to a possible impediment of Noël Le Graët. With two major obstacles: his own desire therefore, but also his judicial future. The Frenchman was certainly acquitted, on July 8, by Swiss justice of the suspicions of fraud, breach of trust and unfair management which weighed on him in the so-called “presumed unfair payment” case.
but Swiss prosecutors and FIFA have since appealed, with a new trial to be scheduled in the months or years to come.