Phone taps reveal Platini counted on Macron for help with legal woes after 'discreet' meeting

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Former French football star Michel Platini, whose career at club and national team level was capped by eight years as president of UEFA, the body governing European association football, and who is now cited in separate investigations into corruption and fraud in France and Switzerland, told a close friend that President Emmanuel Macron “said that he would help me” with his legal affairs, according to police transcripts of a tapped phone conversation in May 2019 and seen by Mediapart.