Platini: Blatter never defended me

Michel Platini has branded Sepp Blatter a "political animal" in his first interview since being banned from all football-related activities 13 months ago by FIFA.

The Frenchman was suspended for eight years after being found guilty of ethics violations over a £1.3 million non-contract payment he received from Blatter in 2011.

Revelations of the disputed payment led to the Swiss abdicating the FIFA presidency and also being handed an eight-year ban, later reduced to six upon appeal,  while Platini had to resign as head of UEFA.

Platini has now turned on Blatter in a remarkable interview with French newspaper Le Monde, saying he believes that one of the 81-year-old's advisors alerted prosecutors to the payment.

"I do not know what I have done wrong," the former France international declared. "Do not always believe what Blatter says.

"He will always tell you what you want to hear but he is an exceptional political animal.

"He never defended me. He is the most selfish person I have ever seen. He thought he would grow old and die and be buried at FIFA."