Former UEFA president Michel Platini has revealed that the France ’98 World Cup final between the host nation France and five-time world Champions – Brazil was “fixed”.
French legend, Platini who was part of the organising committee claims that the World Cup draw was designed so that the host nation didn’t meet Brazil until the final.
“When we organised the calendar, we did a little maneuvering,” Platini told France Bleu Sport .
“If we finished first in the group and Brazil finished first, we could not meet before the final.”
As expected, both countries finished on top of their groups; France won Group C with maximum points, while Brazil’s six points equally won them Group A.
“We did not get bored for six years to organise the World Cup to not do some little shenanigans,” continued Platini.
“You think that the others did not do it for their World Cup? France-Brazil in the final, it was the dream of everyone.”
France however, beat Brazil 3-0 in Paris to win the France ’98 World Cup; the only time they have lifted the trophy.
A brace by Zinedine Zidane and an Emmanuel Petit strike won the one-sided final for Les Bleus.
Platini was banned for by the FIFA ethics committee in 2015 after he was found guilty of financial wrongdoing.
The ban was originally for eight years, but has been cut to four.