UEFA warned 'crazy' Platini would ruin football

2nd May 2005, Comments 0 comments

BERLIN, May 2 (AFP) - France's 1984 European championship hero Michel Platini plans a 'crazy revolution' of European football if elected UEFA president, warned Bayern Munich vice-president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

BERLIN, May 2 (AFP) - France's 1984 European championship hero Michel Platini plans a 'crazy revolution' of European football if elected UEFA president, warned Bayern Munich vice-president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.  

Swede Lennart Johansson is set to step down as UEFA president in 2007 but Rummenigge claimed former Juventus star Platini would be a disastrous replacement.   "Michel Platini has a crazy revolution at the back of his mind," Rummenigge told Die Welt. "I believe it would have huge consequences for football across Europe and destroy the basic foundations of the game."  

West Germany's 1980 European championship victor Rummenigge claims there are a number of clubs who would oppose Platini's plans if the Frenchman were elected.  

"I can name 25 clubs off the top of my head that would call for a revolution if Platini had his way," added Rummenigge.   

Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer is rivalling Platini for the UEFA presidency and Rummenigge insisted 'the Kaiser' would be a much better choice.  

"Beckenbauer values football traditions and will keep the game going in the right direction," declared Rummenigge.  

Brazil icon Pele, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and current president Johansson have already given their backing for Beckenbauer to become the next UEFA president.  

Platini, who is 10 years younger than Beckenbauer, has suggested that he would endeavour to help clubs keep their younger players, who they have invested in from youth level, and change the Champions League format.

 

© AFP

Subject: French News

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