Former Uefa president Michel Platini has claimed “a little trickery” was used in the 1998 World Cup draw to increase the chances of France and Brazil meeting in the final.
The former France and Juventus playmaker was a co-president of the organising committee at France 98 and admitted the group allocations for seeded teams were made with an eye on a “dream” final.
“When we organized the schedule, we made a little trick: if we finished first of the group and Brazil finished first, we could not meet before the final,” he said, while the regulation of FIFA formally forbids this type of process. “We did not bother for six years to organise the World Cup for not doing some little shenanigans.You think that others did not do for their World Cup France-Brazil in the final, it was the everyone’s dream. “
Platini is currently serving a four-year ban from involvement in football – reduced twice from an original eight-year sanction – after he was found guilty of receiving a “disloyal payment” from then-Fifa president Sepp Blatter.