Italian legend Paolo Maldini has hit out at FIfa president Sepp Blatter for what he believes is an anti-Azzurri agenda within football’s governing body.
Maldini noted that Blatter skipped the World Cup final ceremony, leaving Uefa president Lennart Johansson to hand the trophy to Fabio Cannavaro.
“A thing that really bothered me, has been the way Fifa treated us in Berlin,” Maldini told Panorama.
“Blatter didn’t want to award us and this has been a scandal which our federation didn’t react to.
“I have never seen a similar thing, it’s not enough.
“That person, as he can, continues talking badly about our football and he’s not the only one.
“This behaviour allows us to understand why in the past we haven’t won what we deserved.
“It’s a political matter, we are not present in the ‘drawing room’ that counts, and Blatter’s behaviour confirmed it.
“The Italian Federation must behave as one of the world champions.”
Maldini is expected to adopt the role of a footballing ambassador for his country when he finally hangs up his boots.
“I’m thinking of this,” he admitted, before going on to criticise Uefa presidential candidate and French legend Michel Platini.
“Michel Platini has always been considered a person that always says what he thinks.
“Now he’s really bounded to what others think and say.
“I never like him when he talks.”