Football’s governing body FIFA confirmed it will conduct an investigation of an anonymous “heavily critical dossier” on the Union of European Football Associations president, Michel Platini.
The document named “Platini – skeleton in the closet” was published by the German daily Welt am Sonntag. According to Monday’s report, the document paints an “unflattering picture” of the legendary French national and questions his suitability for the role of FIFA president.
Platini has stated his intention to replace the outgoing FIFA Chief Sepp Blatter, who announced his resignation amid corruption allegations that have tainted the image of the world’s football governing body.
According to FIFA sources, Platini is the favorite to be voted in at February’s election. However this new revelation, which was distributed to several media from the body’s headquarters, could challenge his appointment.
The corruption case involving senior FIFA officials was made public on May 28, when the FBI and authorities in Switzerland launched raids on a gathering of senior FIFA members in the city of Zurich, as well as the CONCACAF offices in the United States. A total of 14 officials were arrested, with others named in the scandal.
The massive corruption scandal, considered the worst in the FIFA history, followed a major inquiry by the FBI that found officials took bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than US$150 million over a 24-year period.