Platini: '1998 draw was fixed'

Platini: How 1998 World Cup Draw Was Fixed Towards France Vs Brazil Final

Former UEFA President Michel Platini admits to using "a little trickery" to ensure France didn't meet Brazil until the final of the 1998 World Cup.

"There was a bit of scheming to keep Brazil and France apart". At the time, Platini was co-president of the French Organising Committee of the World and spoke in the interview that it was the "dream of everyone" to see France and Brazil meet in the final.

We did not get bored for six years to organise the World Cup to not do some little shenanigans.

"Do you think the others didn't do it for their World Cups?"

Since 2006, the host nation has participated in the opening game of the tournament and consequently are drawn automatically in Group A.

Federation Internationale de Football Association have long agreed that the host nation should be given a pre-draw seeding spot while the other seven seeds for the first 32-team tournament were allocated on a calculation mixing the world rankings with performances at the three previous World Cups.

Platini: How 1998 World Cup Draw Was Fixed Towards France Vs Brazil Final
World Cup: Michel Platini claims 'trickery' over 1998 tournament draw

Both side rode their luck en route with France edging past Italy in the quarter-finals on penalties, while Brazil beat the Netherlands by the same method in the semis.

The Frenchman has claimed "a little trickery" was used to increase the chances of a dream final between hosts France and defending champions Brazil.

"It's not hard to do". "If we finished first in the group [Group C] and Brazil finished first [in Group A], we could not meet before the final".

Platini is now serving a four-year ban from involvement in football - reduced twice from an original eight-year sanction - after he was found guilty of receiving a "disloyal payment" from the then-Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

He was alleged to have accepted a "disloyal payment" of $2m from Fifa president Sepp Blatter who was also banned from football for eight years.

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