UEFA Urges FIFA to Investigate Alleged Smear of Michel Platini

UEFA president Michel Platini hands the trophy to the Barcelona players after they won the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena stadium, in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Barcelona won 5-4. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
UEFA president Michel Platini hands the trophy to the Barcelona players after they won the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena stadium, in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Barcelona won 5-4. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

UEFA has complained to FIFA about an alleged attempt to discredit its president Michel Platini, who is currently the favorite to succeed Sepp Blatter as head of the world governing body.

A newspaper-style article sent anonymously this month to German-language media was titled “Platini: Leichen im Keller” β€” “Platini:Skeletons in the closet.”

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino told The Associated Press that he asked FIFA to investigate if the document came from its headquarters.

Infantino said Sunday: “I have written to (FIFA secretary general) Jerome Valcke and asked FIFA to investigate it.”

Infantino says the letter was also sent to FIFA ethics committee prosecutor Cornel Borbely and FIFA election monitor Domenico Scala.

The Platini article suggests his links to Qatar mean he should not be FIFA president.

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