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Platini: How 1998 World Cup Draw Was Fixed Towards France Vs Brazil Final

Platini: How 1998 World Cup Draw Was Fixed Towards France Vs Brazil Final

Former UEFA president and France legend Michel Platini has admitted that the 1998 FIFA World Cup draw in his homeland was fixed.

Platini who was co-president of the organising committee for the World Cup revealed that he was involved in a plot to ensure the 1998 hosts could not meet favourites Brazil until the final

FIFA have long agreed that the host nation should be given a pre-draw seeding spot while the other seven seeds for the first 32-team tournament were allocated on a calculation mixing the world rankings with performances at the three previous World Cups.

FIFA regulations for the competition stated that the seeds should be randomly assigned at the finals draw, which took place inside the Stade Velodrome in Marseille.

But Platini pressed for a change that would allow France and Brazil to be kept apart until the final.

“When we organized the calendar, we did a little trickery,” Platini confessed in an interview with a French radio station.

“If we finished first in the group and Brazil finished first, we could not meet before the final.

“We did not work until we were bored for six years to organise the World Cup not to do some little shenanigans.

“When you are at home, you want to be able to enjoy things.

“You think the others do not do it for their World Cups? France against Brazil in the final, that was the dream of everyone.”

Both sides did win their group and kept their scheduled date in the Stade de France, won 3-0 by the hosts with two from Zinedine Zidane and the third scored by Emmanuel Petit.

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  • Djeniko 3 years ago

    This is no news as far as football followers are concerned. It is just somehow fair enough for the host to far into the competition as favor. We also are aware that something must be done to make this happen. They usually have a favorable draw. I don’t really know how they do that but anyone can Severn that something was done. Referees must cooperate and favor the host nation in their officiating. We all understand because they have put in money, energy and time preparing for us to enjoy the show. They show reap the benefits of their labor. Let them go far even to the finals. So Mr Platini, you are only telling us what we all know unofficially. Meanwhile I hope you have not just shot yourself in the foot. Maybe, your suspension will be extended for bringing football to disrepute. This is ‘Match Fixing’ confession. How you see am my people.

  • ECHE James ochoechi. 3 years ago

    I am really shocked that platini could give such revelations. Now that the secret is officially out,we’re waiting yo see what FIFA would do or how they will respond.

  • jerry 3 years ago

    I guess same happened between ATM and arsenal..so Marseille could go to the final.

  • Go Eagles Go. 3 years ago

    @jerry, how was it fixed so Marseilles can reach the finals? UEFA fix the draws and not anyone from France. Come to think of it, the team Marseilles play was not an easy team. They could have lost if more time was given. You can not use the sin of Platini to rub the whole nation of France. To speak the fact, it is an unwritten rule that any host nation is favored by fixing the draws and favorable officiation. It is like even in the leagues. The home team is favored in the officiating. Platini just want to be relevant in this WC period. Maybe he wants to indirectly tell the World that FIFA fixes draws and matches. Nobody is taking this revelation as new. He is a clown. But this confession can be used to charge him. I am seeing a situation where his suspension can be elongated.

  • Papa J 3 years ago

    Platini is telling the world what FIFA will do in Russia so the host may be rubbed of what his country benefited from. I’m sure he wouldn’t want France to be a victim of this disreputable fixing.
    Someone will still come n tell me how corrupted blacks(Nigeria)are.The whites are “saints”.