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De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Supposedly squeaky clean Platini

Uefa President Michel Platini has rejected all allegations of corruption in an interview. But he is still not a viable candidate for Fifa's presidence, writes the centre-left daily De Volkskrant: "Being suspended by Fifa's ethics committee has not brought him to reason. On the contrary. … There are plenty of reasons for Europe's football associations to clean up their act and say goodbye to Uefa president Platini. Under Platini the Uefa gained a reputation as a shining star in a dark football world. Corruption? We Europeans have nothing to do with that - this was Uefa's message to the rest of Fifa. But little remains of this moral superiority. [German magazine] Der Spiegel has revealed that Germany may have paid several million euros in bribes to secure the votes of Asian Fifa members and win the bid to host the 2006 World Cup."

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