Michel Platini laid bare his anger at his spectacular downfall on
Thursday, breaking his silence to accuse FIFA bosses of wanting
to destroy him and claiming Sepp Blatter "always said I'd be his
Former UEFA boss Platini and erstwhile ally Blatter -- once the
most powerful man in football as FIFA president -- were both
banned from football in December 2015 over a payment of two
million Swiss franc ($2 million, 1.8 million euros) authorised by
Blatter to his one-time heir apparent.
Platini's orignal ban was cut from eight years to six and then to
four by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Speaking publicly for the first time since he vowed in May 2016
to fight to clear his name after the CAS ruling, the former
France football star gave senior FIFA officials and Blatter both
"They were looking for something to destroy me with," Platini,
61, told the French newspaper Le Monde, when asked if he felt
that FIFA has trained its sights on him.
"Various in-house affairs at FIFA were exploited by the people
who pulled the strings.
"I lived in the hope that they would tell the truth, but it never
Platini was responding to suggestions that Marco Villiger, a
close associate of Blatter and a FIFA legal director, had
informed prosecutors of the controversial payment, chief among a
series of corruption scandals that rocked FIFA and triggered his
and Blatter's ousting.
Asked about Blatter, 81, who had been head of FIFA since 1998,
Platini added: "He's the biggest egoist I've ever seen in my
life. He always said I'd be his last scalp."
"He thought he would grow old, finish, die and be buried in FIFA,
it was his wish,"
Blatter was "a fascinating person" and "exceptional political
animal", Platini added.