"A good FIFA is like a good referee, nobody speaks about it."
-- UEFA president Michel Platini
, the favorite to become the next FIFA president,
saying FIFA's image needed to restored and politics must be toned down in favor of soccer interests. (AP
"Sarkozy never asked me to vote for Qatar, but I knew what would be good."
-- Platini, in the same interview, acknowledging that politics got in the way of soccer as he "might have told" American officials that he would vote for the United States in the bid for the 2022
World Cup but changed his mind after a meeting, hosted by then-France President Nicolas Sarkozy
at his official residence in Paris and also attended by senior