Platini’s no match for Cristiano now, but he will return to game as FIFPRO member

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 28, 2015 UEFA chief Michel Platini speaks during a UEFA press conference after the draw for the UEFA Europa League football group stage 2015/16 in Monaco. - Ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was arrested on June 18, 2019 in connection with a probe into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a source close to the investigation said. (Photo by Valery HACHE/ AFP)

PARIS: Former UEFA head Michel Platini confirmed on Tuesday that he is to become the French representative on the board of FIFPRO, the world players’ union.

“This makes me very happy, ” Platini said in a statement.

Platini is due take up his post in November, a source close to the triple Ballon d’Or winner told said.

The Frenchman, who was ousted as president of European governing body UEFA and banned by global body FIFA in 2015, will be making his return to football administration.

“I always said I would come back where I could be useful, ” said Platini in his statement.

“I have also always said that football belongs to the players and the fans. I am coming back to my people, the players, so that their role is fully defended and recognised, and above all to build the future of this sport with them.”

On Tuesday, Platini, a 1984 European Championship winner, saw Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo become the tournament’s all-time leading scorer after his brace in the 3-0 win over Hungary.

Platini was earlier tied with Ronaldo on nine goals as the Euros’ No. 1 marksman.

Platini, now 65, was suspended from all football-related activities for four years at the end of 2015 over a €1.8mil (RM9mil) payment from FIFA in 2011 which was approved by then-president Sepp Blatter without a written contract. — Agencies

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