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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