In an interview to be aired on Sunday by Stade Bleu, former FIFA Vice President, Michel Platini, said most World Cup draws were fixed to favour the hosts.
In the interview done in French, Platini, co-president of the French Organizing Committee of the 1998 World Cup said, “When we organised the calendar, we did a little trickery.
“If we finished first in the group and Brazil finished first, we could not meet before the final,” he said.
It panned out as they hoped with the two countries meeting in the final, which France won 3-0.
Platini also disclosed that it was a common practice.
“We did not get bored for six years to organise the World Cup to not do some little shenanigans.
“You think that the others did not do it for their World Cup? France-Brazil in the final, it was the dream of everyone,“ Platini added.
It could be a hammer blow for football’s world governing body, that has been shrouded in allegations of corruption and underhand activities.
The allegations led to the excommunication of Platini, a former UEFA president, and former FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, both of whom were banned from all football-related activities in 2015.