: Guardian: Michel Platini resigns as UEFA president after ban reduced to four years

08:55 May. 10, 2016

Guardian: Michel Platini resigns as UEFA president after ban reduced to four years

UEFA President Michel Platini (AP Photo)

Frenchman to leave post after Cas reduces ban from six years 

The UEFA president, Michel Platini, will finally resign from the post after losing his battle to appeal against his ban from all football over a "disloyal payment" from his former FIFA counterpart, Sepp Blatter.

After the court of arbitration for sport upheld the ban but reduced the sanction from six years to four, Platini again protested his innocence and railed against a "profound injustice". 

Read also Blatter and Platini banned by FIFA for eight years

The Frenchman had originally been the runaway favourite to replace Blatter when the Swiss resigned in the wake of the meltdown that followed police raids on the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich during February 2015.

But Platini, who said he would fight on in the Swiss courts to clear his name, was then suspended and later banned after Swiss authorities opened a criminal investigation into Blatter's payment of 2m Swiss francs in 2011. Full story


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