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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The end of the Platini myth

The conservative daily Corriere della Sera is shocked by the Fifa Ethics Commission's decision to suspend Platini: "Is this a mix-up or at least a case of split personality in a man who seemed to be a role model? … We cling to the hope of forever being entranced by his bravery, his irony, his elegance, his class, his technique, his personality, the magic of his incomparable football talent. … Instead we see a Platini sanctioned by Fifa, implicated in a dirty story about money and degenerate sport. A slightly plumper Platini, but still wonderfully similar to the man who wore [Juventus Turin's] number 10 shirt. If this Platini tarnishes the myth, he destroys an idea, a figure, a role model, and will he now remain cast down from his pedestal forever?"

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