Michel Platini says he will not run for president of the FFF

The former UEFA chief said on Monday he did not want to take over from Noël Le Graët at the helm of the French Football Federation.

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Former UEFA President Michel Platini after the verdict of his trial at the Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland, in Bellinzona (Switzerland), July 8, 2022. (FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP)

Michel Platini president of the French Football Federation? It’s a definite no. While the FFF is in a period of great change following the recent departures of Noël Le Graët from her post as president and Corinne Deacon from the head of the French women’s team, the former head of UEFA, from 2007 to 2015, was clear, Monday, March 30, on RMC airwaves: “I made a statement in July when I was fired from my business in Switzerland, I said I would not be returning to football institutions. That’s it, period!”

Cleared on July 8, 2022 of the fraud charges that had dogged him for six years, Michel Platini goes on to underline that “You take power or you don’t take it. I don’t want to take it. I gave enough, I was vice-president of the French federation 30 years ago, I did everything, that’s fine, that’s enough”, concludes the triple Ballon d’Or, now 67 years old.

“There is no crisis at the FFF”

However, Michel Platini does not completely slam the door to the world of football: “My story may not be finished, there may be other things to do in football. Last time I said that if there was an opportunity, something I would like, I would do it but not today.” he launched cryptically.

When asked about the current crisis facing the French Football Federation, the former leader prefers to put things into perspective: “The structures of French football are good, French football is not bad, we were world champions in 1998, finalists in the World Cup (…) There is no crisis, it is the crisis of a president, not the football crisis French”he estimated.

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