Fifif rififi? The global football union was surprised on Friday by the arrival of Michel Platini as personal advisor to President Philippe Piat, stressing that such a role had not been discussed in its steering committee.
"In the light of press reports associating Michel Platini with a role in our organization, Fifpro would like to declare publicly that no similar position has been mentioned, even less approved, by the management committee," announced the institution. based in the Netherlands.
This concise press release from Fifpro does not surprise Piat, the current president of Fifpro at all. "Yes, I expected. As always, I will accuse the journalists. Before that could happen, the Board and Fifpro had to be aware. How always, we were faster than music. Reality is that. "And to continue:" I do not know how the journalists knew. When I was asked the question, I had to say yes, but it was premature. Touched by the turn of events, Piat adds: "It doesn't hurt much. I'm sorry to see how it goes. There was no emergency. It is a pity that it has taken on such proportions. It's life. "
Tempted by the post of president of Fifpro
At the start of the week, Philippe Piat said he had made Platini his personal adviser. “Given his aura, his interpersonal skills, the knowledge and the functions he held, he is an important person who will be listened to at the highest level. As he was free, it facilitated the rapprochement, he explained. As long as he is a volunteer and he does not hold elective office, there is nothing that prevents us from speaking now. "
Piat has clearly reopened the doors of the football community to Platini who finished serving, on October 8, 2019, a four-year suspension for a big deal. President of UEFA between 2007 and 2015, the former No. 10 of the Blues has never hidden his wish to find functions close to the pitch. The announcement of his arrival at the union fell two years before the next election of the president of Fifpro, for which Piat will not stand.
From there to imagine Platini seeking his succession, there is only one step. In the entourage of the triple Golden Ball, we do not hide, indeed, his pronounced interest in this position.