Platini says he will not return to French federation to replace le Graet

March 14 – Cleared in 2022 by Swiss justice of the fraud charges that had persued him for six years, Michel Platini (pictured) has repeated that he has no interest in making a comeback as head of the French Football Federation (FFF) following the departure of the disgraced Noel Le Graet.

“I made a statement in July when I was cleared of my business in Switzerland, I said that I would no longer return to football institutions. That’s it, full stop!”  the former UEFA chief was quoted as saying on Monday.

Asked what he would do if he was offered a role in the national federation he used to help run, Platini replied: “But no one will come looking for me …I gave enough, I was vice-president of the French Federation 30 years ago, I did everything, that’s fine, that’s enough, that’s good.”

However, the three-time Ballon d’Or winner, now 67, has not totally slammed the door on football.

“My story may not be over, there may be other things to do in football. I said before that if there was an opportunity, something that I would like, I would do it but not today.”

Asked about the current crisis at the FFF, which led to the resignation of Le Graët, Platini responded: “The structures of French football are good… There is no crisis, it is the crisis of a president, not the crisis of French football.”

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