Platini yet to get apology from England’s Richards

AP, Thursday 22 Mar 2012

Premier League chairman Dave Richards described FIFA and UEFA as “gangs”

UEFA president Michel Platini speaks during the opening session of the 36th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Istanbul March 22, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

Michel Platini has not yet received a promised apology from Premier League chairman Dave Richards, who described FIFA and UEFA last week as “gangs” who “stole football” from England.

Platini, who is UEFA president and a FIFA vice president, was asked about Richards’ proposed apology following UEFA’s Congress on Thursday, saying: “Maybe it got lost in the corridors of UEFA.”

Richards was expected at the gathering in Istanbul but did not attend.

He criticized FIFA and UEFA at a sports conference in Qatar.

Platini says “we are not a gang,” and thanks England for generously spreading football as a “gift to the world.”

The French official adds: “When they have given it, they no longer own it.”

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