Platini supports FFF sanctions

Image: Platini: Hopes bans stand

Michel Platini is '100 per cent' behind the FFF's decision to suspend their World Cup rebels.

Uefa supremo feels suspensions are justified

Uefa president Michel Platini is '100 per cent' behind the France Football Federation's decision to suspend their World Cup rebels. Action has been taken by the French authorities after Les Bleus' participation at the 2010 event in South Africa descended into chaos. Star striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home following a bust-up with coach Raymond Domenech and his absence led to a player revolt. It has since been decided that the ringleaders of the trouble - Anelka, Patrice Evra, Franck Ribery and Jeremy Toulalan - must serve international bans. Evra has vowed to appeal his sanction, while new national team manager Laurent Blanc has expressed doubts as to the legitimacy of the suspensions, but Uefa supremo Platini, himself a former France international, believes the FFF was right to act. "This is the first and last time I will address this issue but I do so in my role as a former captain of the national team not as president of Uefa," he said. "I am backing the federation 100 per cent regarding the sanctions set. It was important not to let these actions go unpunished and I hope the sanctions will stand. "The players are not only players they are also ambassadors and the image of the French squad in South Africa was embarrassing and humiliating for both France and for the national team."


Meanwhile, Platini has also revealed that preparations for the 2012 European Championships remain on track. Fears had been raised as to whether Ukraine and Poland would be ready to stage the event, with Uefa issuing a two-month ultimatum to the countries earlier in the year in which to prove that they were capable of playing hosts. Platini is now convinced that everything will be ready in time for the tournament, but admits there is still a lot of hard work ahead. He said:"You can consider that the ultimatum no longer exists. The stadia, the roads will be built but both these countries are asking our help in providing advisers and guidance. "For example, in Kharkov in Ukraine they normally have a dozen flights a day to deal with; but on the day of a match they will have 100 in an hour. They need a lot of advice to help them organise all of that. "So we're going to double the support teams and, instead of sending them in a few months early, they'll be working there from a year-and-a-half out."

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