The former captain of the French football team in the 1980s, Michel Platini, said on Sunday (September 5th) that he wanted to make football a part of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

On the set of France Inter’s new program, “Hors Piste”, presented by Thomas Sotto, Michel Platini spoke of his wish to make football part of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage of humanity, reports Francetvinfo.fr. The former footballer revealed that he had already discussed the project with Audrey Azoulay, the president of Unesco, and that she was sensitive to the initiative. As a reminder, Breton fest-noz, yoga, mountaineering or tango are already on the Unesco list.

Michel Platini explained that through this registration, he particularly wants to protect “the spirit of football” and “to ensure that it remains a game, and that this game is above everything that happens”. The former UEFA president underlined that football “is a flame, it is a game, it is a passion” and that he wants it to be “recognized like that by UNESCO” , even if it has now become “more of a big show, a big business, a big barnum”.

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