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SBD Global/December 30, 2013/International Football

UEFA President Platini Says His Measures To Clean Up Sport Make Him Unpopular

UEFA President Michel Platini believes that "he has made himself unpopular in some football circles" by trying to clean up the sport, according to the AP. Platini, who is weighing up whether he has the support to seek the FIFA presidency in '15, said Friday that penalizing clubs for racism, match-fixing and uncontrolled spending is key to ensuring that football is ''free of cheating, violence or injustice.'' Platini said that UEFA still must act ''quicker and firmer,'' but highlighted how clubs are already being forced to play in empty stadiums to punish racism, and "booted out of European competitions for financial mismanagement." Platini: "All of these measures are not making us popular. That is patently clear. However, my aim is not to be popular. My aim is to be responsible" (AP, 12/27).
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