‘We have lots of documents,’ says UEFA President Platini

‘We have lots of documents,’ says UEFA President Platini

UEFA President Michel Platini (Photo: EPA)

May 20, 2012, Sunday/ 15:00:00/ OKAN UDO BASSEY

“We have lots of documents and a decision will be taken,” UEFA President Michel Platini told CNN on Saturday in a clear sign that “Big Brother” is watching the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) in connection with the match-fixing scandal.

The TFF in its recent famous, or maybe infamous, ruling cleared all 16 clubs that had been referred to the Professional Football Discipline Committee (PFDK) of any wrongdoing in the rigging saga.

But the TFF was bold enough to punish the “weak,” by imposing sanctions on Gençlerbirliği keeper Serdar Kulbilge, former Eskişehirspor striker Ümit Karan and ex-İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor forward İbrahim Akın. The TFF also meted out mild punishments to seven other sports people, including Fenerbahçe officials Mehmet Şekip Mosturoğlu, İlhan Yüksel Ekşioğlu and Cemil Turan.

Platini, asked by CNN correspondent Pedro Pinto to respond to the TFF exonerating the 16 clubs, including Fenerbahçe, and what will happen next season, said: “This is a very long story, but I am going to give a short reply.”

“This is an issue that concerns discipline. We have lots of documents but, as you know, the disciplinary committee works independently of the [UEFA] president,” he noted.

“We have thousands of documents and are going to make a decision; but what decision we are going to make I don't know. But all I know is that a decision will be made before the end of this month,” he further stated.

Asked whether he regrets Fenerbahçe being withdrawn from the Champions League, Platini said this was not his fault. “I did not enact this law against Fenerbahçe; it was the decision of the [UEFA] disciplinary committee,” he asserted.

“And if I comment on this issue, the Fenerbahçe lawyers can take me to court, for this is a matter that concerns discipline. Last season bold strides were made by imposing a ban [on] Fenerbahçe, but I don't know what's going to happen this season,” he underlined.

“I know Turks are following the [match-fixing] investigation very closely and I am bombarded with questions through social media,” he also said.

A stitch in time saves nine. This is what the TFF all along has failed to understand.

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