Michel Platini Still Wants FIFA Presidency, Le Monde Says

European soccer chief Michel Platini told French newspaper Le Monde that he doesn’t want to be like the former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam, who was cleared too late to run after having been suspended in 2011.

“I’ve been suspended for three months but what irritates me the most is to be put in the same bag as the others,” Platini told the Paris newspaper.

UEFA President Platini was suspended by FIFA for 90 days on Oct. 8 after Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings into FIFA President Sepp Blatter and a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2.1 million) he made to Platini. Platini is racing to salvage his candidacy for FIFA’s presidential election scheduled for Feb. 26 after UEFA last week backed him and said he deserves a chance to clear his name.

Platini told Le Monde his payment from Blatter was delayed by many years because he couldn’t receive such a large amount in just one or two transactions when FIFA’s secretary-general only earned 300,000 francs.

Platini told the newspaper he agreed to be paid in installments later, “only the later never came.”

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