Always opposing video assistance to arbitration in football, Michel Platini called the VAR « beautiful shit » Sunday night on Italian television.
« It would take half an hour to explain why it does not solve the problems. It moves them. I am against the VAR. I think it’s a nice shit and unfortunately we will not go back, « said Platini, guest of the show » Che tempo che fa « on the Rai.
The former N.10 of the France team has always been against the VAR and did not want to hear about it when he was UEFA president.
At FIFA, they did not want me as president. I wanted to defend football and I was the only footballer who could become FIFA President
The European confederation, now chaired by Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin, has also introduced the device this year in the Champions League, its flagship competition.
While his suspension « of any activity related to football » is over since early October, Platini has also felt that he could still play a role in football.
« At 64, I have the opportunity to make one last adventure. But I can not be wrong and I have to think about it, « he said.
Former midfielder of the French team, Platini became UEFA president in 2007 and was preparing to succeed the Swiss Sepp Blatter at the head of Fifa, when a case of big money has precipitated its fall.
The two-time semi-finalist of the World Cup (1982 and 1986) was suspended four years for receiving a payment without a written and late contract of two million Swiss francs from Blatter.
The former captain of the Blues could not run for the presidency of Fifa where his former right-hand man, Gianni Infantino, was finally elected in February 2016, then re-elected last June.
« At Fifa, they did not want me as president. I wanted to defend football and I was the only footballer who could become president of FIFA, « said Platini on Sunday, adding that he no longer has any dealings with Blatter or Infantino.