Platini’s appointment to the presidency of the French Football Federation

Paris: Media reports said on Thursday that Michel Platini, former president of the European Football Federation (UEFA), could succeed Noel Le Graet as president of the French Football Federation. The German newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung” indicated on Thursday that the French Football Federation is working on a plan with Platini. RMC Sport broadcaster also indicated that French President Emmanuel Macron had asked if Platini was interested in the position. Le Graet has left the presidency of the French Football Federation in the wake of the criticism he was subjected to after his statements against the legend Zinedine Zidane. Zidane, the former French national team captain, was a strong candidate to succeed Didier Deschamps as France national team manager, but Le Graet told radio station ‘RMC’ he would not make a phone call with one of the most crowned players and has added: “I don’t care, he can go wherever he wants.” Le Graet and the French Football Federation are under investigation over allegations of sexual abuse, but he has denied all such allegations. After being acquitted by a Swiss court of fraud last July, Platini said he no longer wants to work as a football manager. At the same time, he didn’t want to completely distance himself from the world of football, and confirmed that he would be available if there was anything positive. (dpa)