FILE - In this May 28, 2015 file photo President of UEFA Michel Platini grimaces during a press conference following a meeting of the UEFA board ahead of the FIFA congress in a hotel in Zurich, Switzerland. Complaining that he is being "dragged through the mud" in the FIFA corruption investigation, Michel Platini believes he is "bullet proof" and has not lost support in his bid to replace Sepp Blatter as the head of world soccer's governing body. The UEFA president, who has been suspended for 90 days along with Blatter, confirmed in an interview published Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 in the French daily Le Monde that he had no written contract for the $2 million payment he received from FIFA in 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
(The Associated Press)
ZURICH – Michel Platini says he had no written contract for the $2 million payment from FIFA in 2011.
Risking further ethics sanctions by breaking confidentiality rules, Platini tells French daily Le Monde that the extra pay for his job advising FIFA President Sepp Blatter from 1998-2002 was "a thing between two men."
On Friday, Blatter told a Swiss broadcaster the deal being investigated by Swiss prosecutors as a "disloyal payment" from FIFA funds was a "gentlemen's agreement."
Platini and Blatter are appealing against their 90-day suspensions.
The FIFA ethics committee has in recent cases imposed strict bans when soccer officials discussed their cases in the media.
Platini tells Le Monde "it's shameful to be dragged through the mud."