By Walter Broeckx
A spokesman of the Austrian football federation said last Thursday against the press agency Reuter that Michel Platini can count on the full support of the whole Uefa. This was said after a meeting held in Nyon. An emergency meeting it was about the position of Uefa-president Michel Platini.
As we all know and have reported Michel Platini was suspended for 90 days by the ethics (sic) committee from Fifa together with Blatter. The suspension came after the news came out that Blatter had paid Platini the miserable sum of 1.8M€ a few years ago. A sum that was paid around the time when Blatter was seeking to be chosen again as Fifa president and they said it was for some work that Platini had done some 10 years earlier.
In short a very believable story. I hope you get the sarcasm.
So this Mr. Windtner from the Austrian Football Federation said that UEFA was backing Platini UNANIMOUS! Let that sink in. Unanimous.
Now of course we follow the rule that nobody is guilty until proven so in court. Now the first court session was by the Fifa ethics committee (not really a court of course but can be considered as one) and this court found that at least there is something completely wrong with the payment.
But according to the jolly fellows from the different football federations that is no problem at all.
So that’s it then. We take note that all the football federations from Europe have no problems with dodgy payments from Fifa to Uefa or from Blatter to Platini. Maybe they are using the principle : pretend that nothing is wrong and maybe the rest of the world will notice nothing at all.
Well I’m not fooled by this tactics. Au contraire I would say. It is great to see how Uefa is ripping of its masks. Or how all the different football federations are ripping off their masks one could say.
I wonder what will happen if in court (there will probably be a real court session about this in the future) they find that the payment was wrong and illegal. Then what? Will the Football federations again ignore this and pretend there is no problem with Platini? Or will they make a U-turn and forget that they have supported him all the way?
It somehow would seen more responsible and clever from the football federations to say at the moment: Now wait a minute, the ethics committee of Fifa (of all places one could say) agrees that there is something really suspicious and wrong with this payment. So we will wait till the final outcome of this whole process before we determine if we still would support Platini or not.
That is what I would do. But hey ho, I’m probably not fit to sit in any Uefa committee at all. Not according to their rules anyway.
But no, the football federations almost tumble over each other to be the first to close the ranks and declare Platini as the right man for the right job. Well probably he is the right man for their job.
I somehow cant help but this gives me more or less the impression that the rest of the football federations have maybe benefited from the payment also? And so they don’t want to risk that Platini will be hanged on his own and then might speak up and open other dirty things that are hidden underneath the surface?
That is how it looks to me.
But there is even more. Because Platini with the not so clean hands is also still the candidate for Uefa to step in the footsteps of Blatter and become Fifa president.
So let us get this straight. A person with apparently not so clean hands and a person who has been found to do dodgy dealings and receive dodgy payments from an also not so clean handed and incapable Fifa-president is still the best candidate to become Fifa-president.
If Uefa and the football federations really want to make sure that nothing will change then this is indeed the right move for them. General-secretary from Uefa Gianni Infantino confirmed this all and said that they hoped for a quick solution because Platini still wants to become the head of Fifa.
And let us remind you that Platini is not only being named in this scandal but also in the Greek Football scandal And if the football federations would have listened to the Swiss attorney general, Michael Lauber, who has said: “We didn’t interview Mr Platini as a witness, that’s not true. We investigated against him in between as a witness and an accused person.” Because in some quarters they still try to paint it as if Platini was just a witness.
So this person who is named in a few scandals is still the right man for the job according to the football federations from Europe. And according to the English FA of course. A man who clearly is not very good in picking the right friends it seems. Or maybe looking at it from the other side… he is brilliant in picking the ones he needs for his own career…
After all the scandals they had in Fifa they want to replace the head of Fifa with someone that is already being named in scandals in Europe…. What are they smoking at the football federations one could ask.
Maybe we could sum it all up with the words of Romario that former brilliant striker from Brazil. He said: “With Platini, Fifa will remain the same pile of shit”.
I completely agree with this and because of the football federations still supporting this person one could ask what piles of shit these football federations are beneath the surface?
FINAL NOTE: when we write an article it sometimes takes a while before we publish it. And in between the writing and publishing the news came out that the English FA was the first FA to withdraw their support for Platini. When we see bad things about them we say it. But when we have to give credit, we give credit. So well done FA and hopefully more will follow in your footsteps.