Michel Platini has criticised UEFA chief Lennart Johansson for opposing his bid to take over the presidency of European football’s governing body.
The 51-year-old France legend set his sights on the post a number of years back and intitially it was thought he would stand against German giant Franz Beckenbauer.
But Johansson, at 77, announced he would seek re-election at the January 26 vote.
“I just don’t understand why he has no confidence in me,” he said Tuesday.
“He told everyone that he was standing down, then he started looking around to find someone to beat me and then he decided to stand again because he couldn’t find anyone.
“Everything was done to clear the way for Franz Beckenbauer. They scheduled the congress in Dusseldorf for him. In some ways he was taken as a hostage to the election process.
“But I just don’t understand why he (Johansson) decided to stand again. It’s very courageous of him, but the people that encouraged him to do so are not so courageous.”
Platini also wondered why Johansson was dismissive of his candidacy.
“To start with Johansson dubbed me as a revolutionary and after that he said that there was nothing of interest in my programme,” Platini said.
“I am for continuity but on my own terms, which means involving all sectors of the game in deciding which way to go in the future.
“If we don’t take action for ourselves, the politicians or businessmen will do it for us.”