UEFA is up in arms after what they have called an “alleged smear campaign” was released against Michel Platini.
Platini is currently the UEFA president, and is one of the leading candidates to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president when the election takes place next February.
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According to German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, a document entitled “Platini: Skeletons in the closet” was sent anonymously from FIFA headquarters to multiple newspapers.
The article questions if Platini is the right man to serve as the head of FIFA, and calls out the former French international for voting for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup.
From a UEFA spokesman:
I can confirm that UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino sent a letter of complaint to FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke.
We have asked FIFA to investigate the origin of this article because we are concerned by the reports of an alleged smear campaign against the UEFA president.
Copies of this letter were also sent to [FIFA’s independent chief ethics investigator] Cornel Borbely and [chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee] Domenico Scala for ethics and transparency reasons.”
This is not the first time Platini has been called out, as his competitors for the FIFA presidency Chung-Mong joon and Prince Ali bin al-Hussein have both publicly questioned the Frenchman’s candidacy.
Platini was once one of Sepp Blatter’s closest friends in FIFA, but has since changed his stance and called for Blatter to step down after the corruption scandal broke earlier this year.