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World Cup: Michel Platini claims 'trickery' over 1998 tournament draw
6 hours ago From the sectionEuropean Football


Platini was part of the official delegation at the 1998 final
"A little trickery" was employed for the 1998 World Cup draw to ensure France and Brazil did not meet until the final, disgraced former Uefa president Michel Platini has claimed.

The French hosted and won their first World Cup 20 years ago, beating holders Brazil 3-0 in the final in Paris.

Former France captain Platini was on the tournament's organising committee.

"When we organised the schedule, we did a little trickery," he told radio station France Bleu Sport.

"France-Brazil in the final, it was the dream of everyone.

"If we finished first in the group and Brazil finished first, we could not meet before the final."

He laughed as he went on: "We did not spend six years organising the World Cup to not do some little shenanigans. Do you think other World Cup hosts did not?"

Brazil and France were the top teams in the Fifa rankings heading into the tournament and were among the eight top-seeded teams.

Two days before the draw took take place, world governing body Fifa announced that holders Brazil would be allocated to Group A while France were in Group C.

It meant that if the two teams finished top they would be on opposite sides of the draw for the knockout stage.

Both made it through to the final at Stade de France where two goals from Zinedine Zidane and another from Emmanuel Petit gave the French a famous victory.

However, at all of the World Cup final tournaments since 1986 - with the exception of 2002 which had two hosts - if the hosts and the holders won their group, they have been kept apart for the knockout stages.

In a statement, Fifa said it had no comment to make on Platini's remarks.

Platini and former Fifa counterpart Sepp Blatter were found guilty in 2015 of ethics breaches over a 2m Swiss Franc (£1.3m) "disloyal payment".

Platini was given an eight-year ban from all football-related activities - later reduced to four on appeal.

The 62-year-old has always maintained his innocence and in January it was reported he had taken the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44170578

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Assuming Platini is saying the truth, why reveal the trick you (France) applied? You did what you did (long time ago) and it worked, why coming now to make noise about it? Is this man looking for attention of some sort? Just wondering

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Assuming Platini is saying the truth, why reveal the trick you (France) applied? You did what you did (long time ago) and it worked, why coming now to make noise about it? Is this man looking for attention of some sort? Just wondering


He might still be bitter after being kicked out of FIFA.

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Odas wrote:
Assuming Platini is saying the truth, why reveal the trick you (France) applied? You did what you did (long time ago) and it worked, why coming now to make noise about it? Is this man looking for attention of some sort? Just wondering


He might still be bitter after being kicked out of FIFA.

:idea: Thus raising awareness to ongoing FIFA shenanigans?

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:veryangry: so corruption and fraud in Europe is now defined as trickery? Okay ooo.

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 3:41 pm 
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Odas wrote:
Assuming Platini is saying the truth, why reveal the trick you (France) applied? You did what you did (long time ago) and it worked, why coming now to make noise about it? Is this man looking for attention of some sort? Just wondering

Very good question and the world deserve an answer. Why come out with this and why now?

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Naive is the word that best describes those who believe there is no trickery in anything that is worth multi billion Dollars. If you think those refs are making mistakes with crucial decisions you may continue to live in a dream castle.

Of course Platini is bitter, how dare they believe everything is clean just becauase they made a scapegoat of one or two naughty officials who did not play to the script.

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joplass wrote:
Odas wrote:
Assuming Platini is saying the truth, why reveal the trick you (France) applied? You did what you did (long time ago) and it worked, why coming now to make noise about it? Is this man looking for attention of some sort? Just wondering

Very good question and the world deserve an answer. Why come out with this and why now?

Guilty conscience?
Maybe no one ever asked him?
Now he has nothing to lose?
Or he is sending a warning that it is still going on?

Whatever the motive, one thing is clear, for the good of the sport, speaking out is better than keeping quiet.

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Naive is the word that best describes those who believe there is no trickery in anything that is worth multi billion Dollars. If you think those refs are making mistakes with crucial decisions you may continue to live in a dream castle.

Of course Platini is bitter, how dare they believe everything is clean just because they made a scapegoat of one or two naughty officials who did not play to the script.


My thoughts exactly.

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When I talked about heating up balls etc people think say lie I dey talk. Fixing going on

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:veryangry: so corruption and fraud in Europe is now defined as trickery? Okay ooo.


Before nko?

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Enugu II wrote:
:veryangry: so corruption and fraud in Europe is now defined as trickery? Okay ooo.

Before nko?

Na today dem start use words to polish their crookedness!!!

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Well remember the world cup referee for Nigeria vs Argentina in 1994 is my good friend! He is Swedish, he told me FIFA were corrupt to the core

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Guys in the World Cup they make attempts to separate hosts and holders until the final by seeding them in opposite groups, that is what Platini is probably referring to. Sorry to disappoint you about there being a larger scandal at World Cups. Yes I know FIFA is corrupt and during games does what they can to give unfair advantages to bigger countries and hosts.


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When I talked about heating up balls etc people think say lie I dey talk. Fixing going on


Chief what happens when they heat up the ball?

For me it's clear trickery is involved in how they set up the European qualifiers for the world cup. England never does anything at the world cup but notice how they consistently have very easy groups guaranteeing qualification. They are rubbish at football but having them qualify is very good for FIFA business

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Well remember the world cup referee for Nigeria vs Argentina in 1994 is my good friend! He is Swedish, he told me FIFA were corrupt to the core


He is your good friend? Can you slap him for me? Thanks in advance.

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marko wrote:
Well remember the world cup referee for Nigeria vs Argentina in 1994 is my good friend! He is Swedish, he told me FIFA were corrupt to the core


He is your good friend? Can you slap him for me? Thanks in advance.


No, he is actually a very nice fellow, believe me or not, Nigeria biggest mistake was fielding Eguavoen in that world cup in 1994, any other quality defender, Nigeria would have got to the quarter-finals at least

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