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Michel Platini
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
  Former President of UEFA
Desc Michel Platini serve as the head of UEFA for eight years but was suspended and later banned from all football-related activity in 2015 after an ethics investigation found he received a disloyal payment in 2011
  As a player, Platini was one of the best ever, a creative midfielder who lit up the pitch for club and country. He helped France reach the World Cup semifinals in 1982 and 1986 and led his national team to the 1984 European Championship title

Affiliation

Org France National Team
  UEFA
Club as Player Juventus
  Nancy FC
  Saint-Etienne FC

Relationship

Lawyer William Bourdon
  Vincent Solari
Colleague Sepp Blatter
  Sophie Dion
  Claude Gueant

Notes

Sophie Dion She and Platini was detained over 2022 World Cup probe. She is a former sports adviser in Nicolas Sarkozy’s administration  
Claude Gueant   He was questioned over 2022 World Cup probe. He is former secretary general of the Elysee presidential palace under Nicolas Sarkozy
1978 06 06
French footballer Michel Platini leaves the field after France lost the match against Argentina, during the football World Cup match in Buenos Aires
2010 11
Nicolas Sarkozy host a meeting that brought Michel Platini together with Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, then the crown prince of Qatar and now its ruling emir. Al-Thani also owns the French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain

2012 03 13 Retrieve

[on Michael Laudrup] One of the biggest talents ever. The best in the world on the training pitch, but never used his talent to its full during matches

2013 05 24 Retrieve

[Uefa president Michel Platini renew his call for a European sports police force to tackle betting, corruption, match-fixing, doping and hooliganism in football] There has been no response. Given the absence of any reaction and the lack of awareness on the part of politicians, I renew that call. [Platini said he would ask each of Uefa’s 53 member nations to introduce match-fixing laws to give them] the legal tools necessary to rigorously punish these cheats

2015 05 23 Retrieve

[Michel Platini on Pogba] Pogba a superstar? No, a superstar in football is someone who scores a lot of goals. It’s interesting to note that whenever he loses possession and the team gets into trouble, the other players all have a go at him

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Michel Platini on Thierry Henry] The most skillful is Thierry Henry, he has impressed me the most. He’s played a great tournament (Euro 2000). He has the pace of Anelka, and the sense of Trezeguet. He’s got something that no French player has ever had. He can do everything: from scoring goals, to giving assists, crossing and creating space for other players, and he fights for every ball. I’ve never see a player in France like him

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] Sir Alex has made a massive contribution to football, not only in Scotland and in England, but across Europe and beyond. He is a true visionary [. . .]. His dedication, his attention to detail and his unique eye for talent, as both the manager of Manchester United and Aberdeen, has brought rich rewards over a 30-year period. His CV is almost unique in a results-based profession that normally focuses on short-term solutions rather than long-term vision

2016 03 09 Retrieve

[on Francesco Totti] If I was playing today I’d be like Totti, who’s become an out-and-out striker. There aren’t any No.10s in the old playmaker role anyway

2016 03 10 Retrieve

[on Francesco Totti] I have always said Totti is a genius of football. He is perhaps the only true genius who spent his entire career in one club, when he could’ve won so much more going abroad

2016 03 11 Retrieve

[on Francesco Totti] Totti has a genius in him that I don’t see in other players. Not even Zizou (Zidane) has the same kind of intuition, even if he is more consistent and more of a team player than Totti. Totti needs to be more mature, but he is fantastic and he can do things that others don’t even understand

2016 03 24 Retrieve

[Michel Platini pays tribute to Cruyff] Today football has lost one of its best ever players and ambassadors. I am very sad because Johan was my childhood hero, my idol and my friend

2016 04 03 Retrieve

[Quote on Sir Bobby Charlton] Sir Bobby represents everything that is good about the game of football; fair play, respect, and true loyalty and he is a good example for future generations, both on and off the pitch

2016 10 13 Retrieve

[Michel Platini on Pele] There’s Pele the man, and then Pele the player. And to play like Pele is to play like God

2019 06 18 Retrieve

[Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been detained by police in France as part of an investigation into the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar] Platini was taken in for questioning on Tuesday by officers of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police. Following questioning, he was detained.

2019 06 18b Retrieve

[Michel Platini has always maintained his innocence in the face of those charges] In the end, he tried to save his own skin. Blatter does not defend anyone else, he never defended me. He’s the most selfish person I have seen in my life. He always said I would be his last scalp. I know he was fixated on me, to the end, ever since the ‘enough is enough’ comment, even without considering the jealousy he had for the footballer I was

2019 06 18c Retrieve

[FIFA indicated that it would support the investigation into Qatar’s successful World Cup bid, while declining to comment on the specifics of Michel Platini’s case] FIFA is aware of today’s press reports concerning Mr. Michel Platini. Please understand that since we don’t have all the details about the matter, we are not in a position to comment further. Generally speaking, FIFA reiterates its full commitment to cooperating with the authorities in any given country of the world where investigations are taking place in connection with football activities

2019 06 18d Retrieve

[Michel Platini’s lawyer insists the former UEFA president has ‘nothing to blame himself for’ after he was detained by police during investigations into the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar] Michel Platini, after having been heard, in the same investigation in free hearing last year, is now being questioned under police custody only for technical reasons. His counsel, Mr. William Bourdon, strongly affirms that this is in no way an arrest, but a hearing as a witness in the context desired by investigators, a framework that prevents all persons heard, then confronted, cannot confer outside the procedure.

Michel Platini spoke calmly and precisely, answered all questions, including those about the bidding process of the Euro 2016, and provided useful explanations. He has absolutely nothing to blame himself for and claims to be totally ignorant to facts that are beyond his control. He is absolutely confident about the future.

2019 06 18e Retrieve

[He told Associated Press in 2015] Nicolas Sarkozy never asked me to vote for Qatar, but I knew what would be good [But in the same interview, he also said that he ‘might have told’ American officials earlier that he was going to vote for the United States’ bid. Sepp Blatter quoted Platini as saying ahead of the vote: ‘I am no longer in your picture because I have been told by the head of state that we should consider the situation of France’]

2019 09 07 Retrieve

[Former UEFA president Michel Platini has vowed to return to football, labelling those who handed out his suspension morons] I’ll come back. I do not know where, I do not know how, but I cannot stay on a suspension, even if it’s a suspension made by morons. I was the victim of a form of conspiracy, absolutely, between the people of FIFA and the people of the Swiss Public Ministry. There was an agreement, a cordial agreement between the FIFA and the MPC to fend me [off]. I do not say it’s a conspiracy of the Swiss state

[The former Juventus midfielder also questioned the authority of the sanction he was served] Infantino? He may not want me to come back. I never felt suspended, how can a private company can suspend someone from football?

2019 11 06 Retrieve

[Former UEFA president Michel Platini believes Paris Saint-Germain could be called Coca-Cola as he questioned the Ligue 1 champions’ identity in an outburst over wealth in modern football] Today, you buy all the best players and you win. Everything is based on wealth - money kills a philosophy of football. When you are UEFA president, you want everyone to participate in your competitions, and that everyone has a chance to win them. It is a bit complicated at the moment

The president is Qatari, the sports director [Leonardo] is Brazilian, the coach is German [Tuchel], there is a Frenchman on the team, [but] why is it called Paris Saint-Germain? There are 40,000 people, a lot of people who love the club. [But] it could be called Coca-Cola or anything

2019 11 06b Retrieve

[Speaking to France Bleu, former UEFA President Michel Platini discussed his decision to vote for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup] I have always voted for the development of football. I voted for Morocco four years earlier. I created the EURO to happen in 13 different countries at once because that will allow a lot of teams to host it, to create stadia and win something, and then the Arabic world has lost bids 5 or 6 times for the tournament itself. And so at a certain point, for the development of football, it is fantastic for it to go to the Middle East. I asked for two things. I asked that it would be a Middle East World Cup, i.e. that Qatar would make an effort to work with Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain and the rest of the Gulf and the second thing, that the World Cup would be in November & December

2019 11 08 Retrieve

[Speaking to AFP by telephone, He said he was taking action to recoup back pay, legal fees] Through my lawyer [Vincent Solari], I am asking for the contractual elements to be applied.

2019 11 09 Retrieve

Today, you buy all the best players and you win. Everything is based on wealth - money kills a philosophy of football. When you are UEFA president, you want everyone to participate in your competitions, and that everyone has a chance to win them. It is a bit complicated at the moment. [Platini went further by citing the example of PSG] The president is Qatari, the sports director [Leonardo] is Brazilian, the coach is German [Thomas Tuchel], there is a Frenchman [Kylian Mbappe] on the team, [but] why is it called Paris Saint-Germain? There are 40,000 people, a lot of people who love the club. [But] it could be called Coca-Cola or anything

2019 11 18 Retrieve

[Michel Platini has slammed the use of VAR technology, the introduction of which he has always opposed, as a total nightmare] It would take half an hour to explain why it doesn’t solve problems. It shifts them. I’m against VAR. I think it’s a load of crap and unfortunately we will not go back

[He believes he could still play a role in football after his four-year suspension from the sport ended in October] At 64, I have the opportunity for one last adventure, but I have no room for error and I have to think about it

[Platini had been expected to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president in 2016 but fell spectacularly from grace. Platini has always insisted he did nothing wrong] At FIFA, they did not want me as president. I wanted to defend football and I was the only footballer who could become FIFA president

2019 11 19 Retrieve

[Michel Platini says Kylian Mbappe would be an ideal signing for Juventus] I really like Neymar. And then there’s this kid who plays with him at Paris Saint-Germain, who isn’t too bad himself […] Mbappe, that’s it! He could be the star over the next 10 years. I would suggest him to anyone. I don’t know if Juventus can afford him right now, and it will be even more difficult in the future as his value will increase even more

[The 1984 European Championship winner added of Dybala] He is more similar to [Alessandro] Del Piero and [Roberto] Baggio than he is to me. [Zinedine] Zidane reminded me more of myself because we were more like midfielders. Dybala has great quality and does everything at speed like Baggio did

They [Juventus] have asked me many times, but you don’t live the same love story twice. As for working with Agnelli at the ECA, anything is possible. I have a very good relationship with him, but he’s never asked me about it. He’s never talked to me about the famous Super Champions League either