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Football: Platini says Qatar claims 'tarnishing' his image

Published on Jun 3, 2014 7:41 PM
 
Uefa president Michel Platini attends a news conference after a meeting held in preparation of the EURO 2016 soccer tournament in Paris on April 25, 2014. Platini on Tuesday attacked a British newspaper for seeking to "tarnish" his reputation by drawing him into corruption claims against the Qatar World Cup bid. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - Uefa president Michel Platini on Tuesday attacked a British newspaper for seeking to "tarnish" his reputation by drawing him into corruption claims against the Qatar World Cup bid.

"I'm no longer astonished by the spreading of unfounded rumours aimed at tarnishing my image at an important moment for the future of football.

"Nothing surprises me any longer," the European football boss responded.

The Daily Telegraph alleged that the French football legend had held "a secret meeting" with Mohamed Hammam, the controversial Qatari accused of making slush fund payments to secure support for Qatar's 2022 campaign.

 
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