Platini was UEFA president until December 2015, when he was banned from football for an initial eight years by FIFA’s ethics committee due to a PS1.3 million ($2.1m) payment made to him on the instruction of Blatter, who suffered the same fate.
Both men had their bans reduced to six years and Platini’s was later cut to four by the Court of Arbitration for Sport but it was enough to prevent him attending Euro 2016 in his native France.
And regarding his former friend Blatter, Platini claimed in French newspaper Le Monde: “In the end, he tried to save his own skin.”
“Blatter does not defend anyone else, he never defended me,” he said.
“He’s the most selfish person I have seen in my life.”
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