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Michel Platini says 1998 World Cup draw ‘trickery’ helped France

France soccer great Michel Platini insists “a little trickery” in the 1998 World Cup draw ensured his home country would avoid playing Brazil until the final which it won in Paris. Not so, according to Sepp Blatter, who as FIFA’s then CEO-like general secretary conducted the draw in Marseille in December 1997.