Saturday December 11 2010
Platini: 'I guess I have to cheer on Inter'

UEFA President Michel Platini admits he “has to cheer on” Inter in the Club World Cup and gives his view on the World Cup bid controversy.

Platini is a Juventus legend and won the Intercontinental Cup for the side 25 years ago, but will be supporting their arch rivals in Abu Dhabi.

“As President of UEFA, I guess I'm going to have to cheer on Inter,” he joked in the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Since I was elected to this post the trophy has always been won by European sides: Milan, Manchester United and Barcelona. I can't ruin my record!”

The Nerazzurri have been somewhat snubbed in their Treble winning year, as Wesley Sneijder is reportedly not even in the top three for the Ballon d'Or.

“It's only normal that the World Cup dictates the trophy, as Paolo Rossi was not the best player of 1982, but he was the best at that tournament.

“My personal vote would be for Xavi, then Sneijder who missed out on winning everything because of one goal, followed by Andres Iniesta. It's not fair that the Inter star is not in the top three.”

Platini also commented on the controversy sparked by Russia winning the 2018 World Cup bid and Qatar in 2022.

England claimed they had the best dossier and protested at the way votes were decided.

“It's not a scandal at all. The only people who are critical of the process are the losers, like Italy in 2007 against Ukraine-Poland.

“The dossier is important only to exclude a few options. Everyone in the final race could've hosted a World Cup.

“It would, however, be better to decide which edition is going to North America and which in Asia. That would cause less controversy.

“It's also wise not to make the decision on two tournaments at the same time, but in any case, we won't have to choose again for 10 years.”

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