Platini not expected to be at France's Euro 2016 final against Portugal

UEFA do not expect outgoing president Michel Platini to attend the European Championship final on Sunday.

Published: 08th July 2016 09:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th July 2016 09:39 PM   |  A+A-


Suspended UEFA President Michel Platini smiles as he arrives at the FIFA Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. |AP


PARIS: UEFA leaders do not expect outgoing president Michel Platini to accept their invitation to attend the European Championship final on Sunday.

Though Platini is banned from any football duties until 2019 by FIFA's ethics committee, he could go to see France vs. Portugal at the Stade de France without getting involved in official business.

UEFA interim general secretary Theodore Theodoridis says Platini's invitation has been open for the whole month-long tournament.

Theodoridis says at a UEFA news conference that "until now he (Platini) has not shown interest, and according to my knowledge, will not be coming. I hope that he is changing his mind."

Platini, who has a holiday home near Marseille, had a central role when France won the title at the last two tournaments its hosted.

He lifted the trophy as captain of the Euro 1984 team, which beat Spain 2-0 in the final at the Parc des Princes, and headed the organizing committee of the 1998 World Cup, when France beat Brazil 3-0 at the Stade de France.


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