Baku. 2 March. REPORT.AZ/ Former Argentina captain Diego Maradona says longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter and European soccer chief Michel Platini should have been given life imprisonment rather than six-year bans from soccer for ethics violations, Report informs citing Football Italia.
The pair were suspended for eight years – reduced to six this week — for a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2.03 million) made to the Frenchman in 2011 by FIFA with Blatter’s approval for work done a decade earlier. Both men deny any wrongdoing.
“It seems like the FIFA ethics committee was wrong,” Maradona.
“Having so much evidence against these people and having seen how they were robbing for so many years, they should have given both life imprisonment.”
Maradona, who earned 91 caps for Argentina and won the World Cup in 1986, believes Blatter’s replacement at FIFA should not be motivated by money.
“I would like to see a president who is not interested in becoming a millionaire thanks to the ball, the sponsors or the World Cup – because that is where they collect a good load of money,” he said.
“That is the kind of man I want to lead FIFA and he will have my support.”
He also branded presidential candidate Gianni Infantino, the UEFA general secretary, a ‘traitor’ for not standing by UEFA president Platini.