In an interview with the French newspaper “Le Monde”, the Swiss also emphasized: “This is the first time that political intervention has changed an important football decision.” Michel Platini’s reaction was not long in coming and gave Blatter a lot: “It’s enough. Sepp Blatter has been making the same false and unfounded claims for five years. I thought that getting older leads to wisdom and truth. What he claims is absolutely wrong, ”said Platini.
According to Blatter, there was a meeting in the Elyseepalast on November 23, 2010 between Platini and the then French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the current Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad. Subsequently, on December 2, 2010, the 2018 World Cup tournaments were awarded to Russia and in 2022 to Qatar. According to Blatter, after the meeting, the votes of Platini and three other Europeans went to Qatar, which would have tipped the balance.
Platini, in turn, denied any influence. Corruption allegations have been circulating against the former French world-class player for a long time. In 2019 he was questioned by the French police about this. Regarding possible corruption among the FIFA executive members with voting rights, Blatter said: “I am neither a moralist nor a confessor. But with such important decisions as the award of a World Cup, it is quite possible that money flows here and there and people put it in their pockets. ” He himself voted for the USA. From a social and climatic point of view, it was a big mistake to give the World Cup to Qatar.