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Platini yet to get apology from England's Richards

UEFA Chairman Michel Platini of France, left, and Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for cameras before a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, March 19, 2012. Platini is in Turkey for the UEFA congress in Istanbul March 20-22. UEFA Chairman Michel Platini of France, left, and Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for cameras before a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, March 19, 2012. Platini is in Turkey for the UEFA congress in Istanbul March 20-22. (AP Photo/Adem SAltan, Pool)
March 22, 2012
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ISTANBUL—Michel Platini has not received a promised apology from Premier League chairman Dave Richards, who described FIFA and UEFA last week as "gangs" who "stole football" from England.

Platini, who is UEFA president and a FIFA vice president, was asked about Richards' proposed apology following UEFA's Congress on Thursday, saying: "Maybe it got lost in the corridors of UEFA."

Richards was expected at the gathering in Istanbul, but did not attend.

He criticized FIFA and UEFA at a sports conference in Qatar.

Platini says "we are not a gang," and thanks England for generously spreading soccer as a "gift to the world."

The French official adds: "When they have given it, they no longer own it."

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