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UEFA Complain About Platini Smear Campaign

UEFA has sent in a complaint to FIFA after documents smearing president Michel Platini was sent out to media outlets from FIFA’s headquarters.

The documents, titled “Platini: Skeletons in the closet.” has been sent out to several media outlets according to German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag.

“I can confirm that Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino sent a letter of complaint to Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke,” a Uefa spokesman said to BBC Sports.

“We have asked Fifa to investigate the origin of this article because we are concerned by the reports of an alleged smear campaign against the Uefa president.

“Copies of this letter were also sent to [Fifa’s independent chief ethics investigator] Cornel Borbely and [chairman of Fifa’s audit and compliance committee] Domenico Scala for ethics and transparency reasons.”

Platini is one of the candidates that will run for election as current FIFA president Sepp Blatter is stepping down after the huge bribe scandal that shook FIFA earlier in the year. The election is set to take place in February with former FIFA vice-president Chung Mong Joon (South Korea), Zico (Brazil), and Musa Bility (Liberia) all having declared that they will run against Platini.

Platini, 60, has been the UEFA president since 2007 when he defeated Lennart Johansson in the elections. Platini had a very successful playing career, representing Nancy, Saint-Etienne and Juventus. He won the Ballon d’Or three straight years (1983, 1984, 1985) as the European Footballer of the Year during his time with Juventus. He scored 41 goals in 72 caps for the French national team and ended up as the national team coach after he retired a position he held between 1988 – 1992.

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