Michel Platini still wants to succeed Sepp Blatter as Fifa president, despite serving a 90-day ban while corruption claims are investigated. Uefa boss Platini is suspended as Fifa studies reports he received a £1.35m payment from Blatter in 2011. The 60-year-old told Le Monde newspaper he had done nothing wrong and "certainly still wants to" stand in the Fifa presidential election in February.
"It's shameful to be dragged through the mud like this. I have been suspended for three months, but what annoys me the most is being tarred with the same brush as the others. My lawyers are following the Fifa proceedings and will take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if needs be," said Platini.
In June, Blatter announced he would leave his position at the head of world football, though he is also serving a 90-day ban. Platini, who has been president of Uefa since 2007, was tipped to replace the 79-year-old Swiss and believes he will still have enough support to do so. "I don't think I have lost many votes with these scandals. People who know me know that I can look myself in the mirror," added Platini.