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Platini hits back at Blatter remark and confirms politics and economics are a factor

Updated: Saturday, 21 Sep 2013 10:34 | Comments

Michel Platini has admitted that he voted for Qatar
Michel Platini has admitted that he voted for Qatar

UEFA president Michel Platini has confirmed that political and economic influences are a factor when it comes to deciding on the hosts of major sporting events.

Platini was responding to claims by FIFA president Sepp Blatter that European members voted for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup after pressure from political leaders keen to promote trade with the country.

That was viewed as a dig at Platini by Blatter and the UEFA president responded in kind.

Platini said: "With the extraordinary influence Mr Blatter has, he has only all of a sudden realised there are political and economic influences when we decide who will host an Olympic Games and so forth? It's better late than never I guess.

"It's new, apparently. It was said that Europeans voted for Qatar but Qatar got 14 votes. We're only eight. If you subtract eight from 14 you get six left over."

Platini is the only FIFA member to have revealed he voted for Qatar but has said that his decision was not influenced by a lunch with the then French president Nicolas Sarkozy and the current Emir of Qatar.

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