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04th Jun 2015

Cantona: Michel Platini is no better than Sepp Blatter

No platitudes for Michel...

Nooruddean Choudry

As the footballing fraternity celebrates the demise of FIFA President Sepp Blatter, Eric Cantona is less than convinced with the man touted to replace him…

The Manchester United legend has compared the choice between Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini to the options of the plague and cholera.

“Platini was a great player, he’s a great man of football, but today he’s a politician, just like the rest,” said Cantona.

“On the other hand, it would be a good thing that as they are all politicians. a former player could be elected head of FIFA. When you have to choose between the plague and cholera, it’s best to get it from the doctor.”

The Frenchman, speaking in 2014 like some sort of enigmatic soothsayer, was far from convinced with Platini’s integrity, pointing to his support of awarding international tournaments to the likes of Qatar, Ukraine and Israel.

“It’s about settling scores, a political war. Platini wants to be FIFA President, Blatter wants to remain it. Blatter has started to say, ‘Qatar, it’s true it was a bad idea’, but it was Platini’s idea.

“It’s also Platini who gave the Under 21 European Championships to Israel, which is just as disrespectful in terms of human rights as giving the World Cup to Qatar, given Israel’s policy.

“He also gave the Euros to Ukraine, which was not an example of democracy.”

Are you thinking what we’re thinking? ERIC FOR PREZ!

H/T Squawka