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    Instead, Platini has concentrated on becoming a leading administrator since performing the role as co-president of the organising committee of the 1998 World Cup in buy runescape gold France.He gave his support to Blatter when the Swiss won that year’s FIFA presidential elections, before working as vice-president of the French Football Federation in 2001 and then taking charge of UEFA in 2007.The man who has overseen the expansion of the European Championship – next year’s finals in his native France will feature 24 teams for the first time – is confident of succeeding Blatter having opted not to stand against the veteran Swiss in May’s election.

     

    He can expect widespread backing, but Platini will also face some uncomfortable questions, not least for his decision to support Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup.FIFA’s controversial decision to give the Gulf state the finals despite major concerns about the climate in the Middle East sparked the crisis within the organisation that continues today.Platini was quick to admit that he voted for Qatar, apparently in an attempt to show that his horizons were not limited to Europe. That revelation led to suspicions that he may have been corrupted.

     

    “I’m transparent, I am the only one who revealed who I voted for and did so by my own initiative,” he told French sports daily L’Equipe in 2014.“I have no regrets at all. I think it was the right choice for FIFA and world football,” he added of his vote for Qatar.Platini has denied he was influenced to vote for Qatar by former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, but the fact that his son Laurent works for a Qatar-owned sports clothing company has also raised suspicions.

     

    He also courted controversy over his refusal to hand back a watch worth more than US$25,000 that was gifted to him by the Brazilian Football Confederation at last year’s World Cup.“I’m a well-educated person. I don’t return gifts,” said Platini, despite FIFA’s call for the watches to be returned for buy osrs gold a breach of their code of ethics.--AFPSultan of Pahang receives Asean Goodwill award | New Straits Times | Malaysia General Business Sports and Lifestyle News