Eric Cantona Takes Jabs at Michel Platini, Sepp Blatter

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterMay 21, 2014

Soccer legends, New York Cosmos' Director of Soccer Eric Cantona looks on during the announcement of the New York Cosmos Opus in London, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. The New York Cosmos Opus is the definitive publication on one of the world's most glamorous soccer franchises. New York Cosmos is due to play Manchester United in a Paul Scholes testimonial match at Old Trafford on Friday, the first U.S. team to play at the stadium. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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In a wide-ranging interview with Le Parisien (via ESPN), former Manchester United man Eric Cantona lashed out at both Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter. 

The Frenchman was particularly critical of Platini, the president of UEFA and FIFA executive committee vice-president, for his asking of Brazilians not to protest the upcoming World Cup. 

Never a man to mince words, Cantona saved his gem of a quote for rationalising which of the two should or shouldn't be the man to lead FIFA. 

It's politics when you get to that level. Platini was a great player, he's a great man of football, but today, he's a politician just like the rest. 

On the other hand, it would be a good thing that, as they are all politicians, that a former player be elected head of FIFA. When you have to choose between the plague and cholera, it's better to get it from a doctor. 

[ESPN]