WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN—26 DAYS
Former UEFA president Michel Platini has
revealed that “a little trickery” was used in the draw for the 1998 World Cup.
The 62-year-old, currently serving a
4-year ban from all football activity after being found guilty of accepting a
disloyal-payments, was co-president of the tournament’s organising committee.
Platini has suggested that the draw was
tempered with to increase the chances of tournament hosts France and holders
Brazil meeting in the Stade de France final.
“France-Brazil in the final, it was the
dream of everyone,” he said.
“there was a little trickery. We did not
spend 6 years organising the World Cup to not do some little shenanigans. Do
you think other World Cup hosts did not?”
Brazil was picked in Group A for the
tournament and France were placed in Group C, meaning that they would avoid
each other until the final if they both won their groups, which proved to be
Les Blues won the final 3-0 on home soil.