Former UEFA President, Michel Platini has revealed that the 1998 World Cup draw was fixed for France to face Brazil in the final of the tournament.

Speaking with France Bleu Sport, Platini who was the co-president of the World Cup Organising Committee for the draw that happened at Stade Velodrome in Marseille, 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. We did not work until we were bored for six years to organise the World Cup, not to do some little shenanigans.

“When you are at home, you want to be able to enjoy things. Do you think the others do not do it for their World Cups? France against Brazil in the final, that was the dream of everyone.” He concluded.

France and Brazil met in the final, with the host prevailing 3-0.

Zinedine Zidane scored two first-half goals before Emmanuel Petit extended the lead late in the second half to push France to victory.

The former Ballon d’Or winner, Platini, is currently under trial together with former FIFA President, Sepp Blatter for receiving a “disloyal payment” of £1.35million from Sepp Blatter.