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    UEFA president Michel Platini attends the draw for the UEFA Europa League football group stage 2015/16, on August 28, 2015 in Monaco

    Platini: I am the Best Candidate to Run World Football

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    UEFA President and FIFA Vice-President Michel Platini, currently suspended by the FIFA ethics committee amid a corruption probe, said he was the best candidate for the FIFA presidency.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier this month, the committee temporarily suspended Blatter and Platini for a period of 90 days during a fraud investigation.

    "I am, in all humility, the most able to run world football," Platini told The Telegraph newspaper Wednesday.

    Platini, who is a potential candidate for FIFA president, was suspended for 90 days by FIFA's Ethics Committee earlier this month as part of a FIFA investigation into fraud and corruption among its leaders. Platini confirmed that he had received over $2 million in 2011 from FIFA without a written contract.

    "The two million represents the equivalent of four years’ salary arrears that FIFA owed me when I was the president’s special adviser. The president himself offered me a contract and a salary that I accepted," Platini told the newspaper.

    In late September, the Swiss Office of the Attorney General launched a probe into corruption claims against FIFA President Joseph Blatter over making a "disloyal payment" of $2.05 million to Platini in 2011 at the expense of FIFA, for work allegedly performed in 1999-2002. Blatter and Platini told investigators the payment was legal.


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