Paris: South Korea`s Chung Mong-joon tore into Michel Platini on Monday, saying his French rival for the presidency of FIFA was like a son to Sepp Blatter, the outgoing chief of soccer`s scandal-hit governing body.
Launching his bid in Paris, Chung told a news conference "Michel Platini was a great football player, and he is my friend. His problem is he does not seem to appreciate the seriousness of the corruption crisis at FIFA."
Chung, a former FIFA vice president and fierce critic of Blatter, repeated his view that Blatter was at the centre of the organisation`s problems.
He said Platini, who currently heads the European governing body UEFA, should have done more to root out corruption, and that the relationship between Blatter and the Frenchman was "that of a mentor and protege, or a father and son."
FIFA`s corruption troubles came to a head in May when U.S. prosecutors indicted nine soccer officials, most of whom had FIFA positions, and five marketing and broadcasting company executives, over a range of alleged offences, including fraud, money-laundering and racketeering.
Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term as FIFA president on May 29, but four days later said he would lay down his mandate amid the worst crisis in the body`s history. He is due to step down after an election in February for a replacement.