UEFA President Michel Platini has rained on the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) parade. The former French midfield maestro was a guest last night in Zagreb at a special function to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the HNS and he didn’t hold back when he addressed the 700-odd guests at the Croatian National Theatre.
“I was impressed with the video about the HNS. It is a dynamic and lively 100 years. The football world still echoes with the names of the best Croatian footballers playing in the best European clubs and Croatian football protects the national identity, said Platini, before he launched his attack.
“We spoke recently with the heads from Croatia about the hooligan problems and violence in football. UEFA has offered and will continue to offer all the help, but we are disappointed with the results you have achieved, just like one of your neighbours. We gave you everything, we gave you help, advice and everything, and you have shown yourselves as a bad student. Your domestic championship raises doubts in its regularity. Don’t get me wrong, I did not come here to spoil the celebrations, but there are some things that I had to say,” said Platini.
Platini’s critical speech came after HNS President Davor Suker and FIFA President Sepp Blater addressed the guests.