Rome: Former Argentina superstar Diego Maradona yesterday blasted FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini, who is bidding to succeed the Swiss as head of world football, as two of a kind.
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"I'm outside all that because someone called Blatter closed all doors on me," former Argentina great Maradona told Naples television station PiuEnne.
"But I'm not a thief. Blatter did a lot of harm to football and with Platini it's a farce. They pretend to be separated, one at FIFA and the other at UEFA, while in fact they were always side by side," said Maradona.
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini
"If we want a transparent FIFA, we cannot vote for Platini who has been close to Blatter, who taught him how to steal," added the 1986 World Cup winner in quotes carried by the sports daily Corriere dello Sport.
Maradona, 54, added that he had an agreement with Prince Ali of Jordan, another candidate for the FIFA presidency on February 26. "If he should win the election, I will be at his side as vice-president," added the former Napoli and Barcelona star.