Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter and former UEFA boss Michel Platini gave exclusive interviews to RTS on the sidelines of their trial. The first particularly condemned the attitude of Gianni Infantino, his successor at the top of world football, who believed he was trying to “destroy” him.
It is just after 8 a.m. on Monday, June 20, in Bellinzona when Sepp Blatter, accompanied by his lawyer Lorenz Enri, arrives at the Federal Criminal Court. At the request of RTS, the 86-year-old ex-FIFA president wants to speak: «Thank you for giving me the opportunity to say a word to French-speaking Switzerland television and to my friends in French-speaking Switzerland, where I still feel very much by the way good, because I studied in Lausanne,” he slips.
Sepp Blatter, who is being sued with Michel Platini for fraud, feels he has been treated unfairly. “I want to cleanse my honor,” he says. He says he worked for FIFA for 45 years. “When I arrived we were nothing. And when I left we were an international organization, economically, socially, culturally and even politically solid.”
“I want to be deleted”
To hear him, Gianni Infantino, who succeeded him at the helm of FIFA, should thank him for the “so beautiful legacy” he received. But we are a long way from gratitude. “I don’t know why, but Infantino doesn’t want me. He’s even trying to artificially create a case against me,” Sepp Blatter claims.
The former FIFA President has already had the opportunity to say it, but according to him it is actually his successor who is the origin of his setbacks in court and who would have maneuvered behind the scenes for the downfall in 2015. “He wants to tear me down, but also everything I’ve done, because he thinks he’s doing better,” asserts Sepp Blatter.
I’ve been accused of criminal instincts, I’ve been accused of being a thief. It’s absurd. I don’t know why I’m going to court
The eighty-year-old assures him that he has a “clear conscience”. “I have to say I’m very touched. I’ve been accused of criminal instincts, I’ve been accused of being a thief. It’s absurd. I don’t know why I find myself in court and I’m sure thousands of footballers don’t say it, millions of footballers don’t understand either.”
Sepp Blatter confirms that he does not want to take revenge. “I’m not vengeful, but I want to be cleared. It’s about my honor and the honor of the football I created. I didn’t create it alone, but with hundreds of coaches who worked to make football what it is today. Football has more than two billion followers, nobody else in the world has that many,” says Sepp Blatter.
Michel Platini: “FIFA won”
A few hours after Sepp Blatter could be interviewed, RTS was able to interview Michel Platini. The former Juventus and France number 10 also expresses a sense of injustice. “I’m shielded against injustice. When we’ve played football games that we lost because of a referee’s decision, we’re a little shielded. But injustice hurts a lot more for his loved ones, for his family, for his kids. his grandkids, because they are not ready to go through that,” confides the former UEFA President.
Me, I am armed against injustice (…) But injustice hurts his loved ones, his family much more
Michel Platini believes he has two opponents, the Confederation’s public prosecutor’s office and FIFA. “These are two very strong organisations. I’m fighting because I know there is collusion between them,” he says, referring specifically to the unrecorded meetings between former Confederation Attorney General Michael Lauber and the current FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “I fight, I’m in the fight, and I’ve always enjoyed that. I’m not giving up, I won’t give up and I’ll go all the way.”
>> Michel Platini’s interview:
Judgment on July 8th
However, Platoche, as he was known on the football field, is aware that he can no longer take a leading position in the world of football. “It’s been seven years since FIFA took away any ambition in world football from me. A former FIFA communicator said that even if the case against me was empty, this story would kill me professionally. He had reason. I lost. FIFA .” won,” analyzes Michel Platini.
But he doesn’t give up. “I keep fighting to see what I can possibly do for the good of football. Because yes, I am committed to the well-being of football. In contrast to others.”
Charged with paying 2 million francs from Sepp Blatter to Michel Platini in 2011, the fate of the two men will be determined on July 8. In their indictment, the federal prosecutor’s office called for a year and eight months’ probation.
>> Back to the linked fates of the two men at 7:30 p.m.:
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