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FIFA decision to award World Cup to Qatar was right, says UEFA's president

Michel Platini said the fact his son had secured a job with a Qatari-owned sports company had nothing to do with his decision

FIFA decision to award World Cup to Qatar was right, says UEFA's president
UEFA President Michel Platini. (Getty Images)

UEFA President Michel Platini has said the decision to award the World Cups to Russia and Qatar was the “right decision”.

In a newspaper interview with Germany’s Welt am Sonntag, the 59-year-old Frenchman said he was “completely happy” with his decision to back Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup. He insisted that it was his own decision said no-one from Qatar had asked him for his vote.

Platini said the decision was right for “the development of football”.

“With Qatar and Russia I chose countries which never had the pleasure of holding a World Cup. With the development of football in mind it was the right decision,” he told Welt am Sonntag.

Since the vote it emerged that Platini had dined with the then French president Nicolas Sarkozy and the emir of Qatar at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

Platini’s son, Laurent, also managed to secure a management position with Qatari-owned sports kit company, Burdda.

“He didn’t get this job because I gave my vote to Qatar, but because he is good,” Platini said.

He added that the World Cup in Qatar will have to be played during the winter months.

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leo50 5 years ago

mais certainment monsieur. "With Qatar and Russia I chose countries which never had the pleasure of holding a World Cup. With the development of football in mind it was the right decision,” he told Welt am Sonntag

Cant wait for him to vote for Somalia; Iraq; Afghanistan; Libya in the years to come on the same basis. Hopefully his son wont be accepting job invitations from those countries!