Ex-Man United star Eric Cantona slams Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini

Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona has claimed that choosing between Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini for the FIFA presidency would be like choosing ‘between the plague and cholera’, and feels the bureaucracy at the top level is damaging the game of football.

The pair look set to go head-to-head for leadership of football as Blatter’s current regime comes to an end, with the duo already sniping at each other through the press in regards to the decision to hand the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, with Blatter claiming Platini was solely responsible for the controversial tournament.

Cantona, a legend from his time at Manchester United, believes the politics at the top level are ruining football and taking away the beauty of the game, believing Platini to have been as responsible for poor decision making as his much-maligned opponent.

Cantona told reporters, “It’s politics when you get to that level.

“Platini was a great player, he’s a great man of football, but today he’s a politician, just like the rest.

“On the other hand, it would be a good thing that as they are all politicians. a former player could be elected head of FIFA. When you have to choose between the plague and cholera, it’s best to get it from the doctor.

“It’s about settling scores, a political war. Platini wants to be FIFA President, Blatter wants to remain it. Blatter has started to say, “Qatar, it’s true it was a bad idea, but it was Platini’s idea.

“Some people criticise the World Cup in Qatar, others the World Cup in Brazil. It’s also Platini who gave the Under 21 European Championships to Israel, which is just as disrespectful in terms of human rights as giving the World Cup to Qatar, given Israel’s policy.

“He also gave the Euro’s to Ukraine, which was not an example of democracy.”

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