Michel Platini admits 1998 World Cup was fixed

Former UEFA president and Euro 84 winner, Michel Platini, has admitted the draw for the 1998 World Cup was fixed.

The disgraced ex-footballer said the scam “wasn’t difficult” and had boosted the chances of what he called a “dream final” of France against Brazil.

“When we organised the schedule, we did a little trickery,” he told radio station France Bleu Sport.

Former France captain Platini was on the tournament’s organising committee.

The 62-year-old former France manager told France Bleu Sport: “Group A was France, Group F or Group L was Brazil, so if they both finished first they couldn’t meet, that’s all – it was simple.”

Platini, a former France international was a co-president of the organising committee at France 98 which placed Brazil in Group A, as was the standard practice at the time for the defending champions, and France in Group C – meaning if both teams won their groups, they could not meet before the final.

That was how it turned out, with France humbling the defending champions 3-0 at the Stade de France with two goals from now Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane.

Platini was laughing as he confessed, “We did a bit of trickery. When we were organising the schedule.

Meanwhile, the revelations come as the man once nicknamed Le Roi (The King) – who still boasts the most goals in a European Championship with nine (9) – serves a four-year ban from involvement in football.

However, at all of the World Cup final tournaments since 1986 – with the exception of 2002 which had two hosts – if the hosts and the holders won their group, they have been kept apart for the knockout stages.

In a statement, FIFA said it had no comment to make on Platini’s remarks.

Platini was found to have received a “disloyal payment” of £1.3m from then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter. The ban was originally eight years but has been reduced twice.