Uefa complains of alleged Fifa ‘smear campaign’ against Michel Platini

• Uefa general secretary complains about ‘gross violation of ethics’
• Sepp Blatter accuses Platini of making his 80-year-old brother cry

Uefa has complained to Fifa about an article critical of the Uefa president, Michel Platini, reportedly sent to Swiss and German newspapers from an unidentified source within Fifa headquarters. The article, focusing on the already known facts that Platini voted for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup and that his son, Laurent, was subsequently hired as an executive by the Qatari sportswear firm Burrda, suggested that, if Blatter’s daughter Corinne had done the same thing, he would have been much more heavily criticised.

The article also suggested Platini has enjoyed adulatory press in Europe because he was a player for France but that his judgment on Qatar, for whom Blatter did not vote, makes him unfit to be Fifa president. Reacting to reports that the article was circulated from within Fifa, the Uefa general secretary, Gianni Infantino, wrote to his Fifa counterpart, Jérôme Valcke, demanding to know if it was true “some kind of ‘dossier’” was sent and who was responsible for it. A spokesman said Uefa is concerned by reports of “an alleged smear campaign” against Platini.

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