JUST IN: Platini Has Six Year Ban Reduced, Set To Resign As UEFA President

Uefa president Michel Platini has had his ban from all football-related activity reduced to four years from six by the court of arbitration for sport (Cas).

Michel Platini will resign after he couldn't completely overturn the ban
Michel Platini will resign after he couldn’t completely overturn the ban

Platini and former Fifa president Sepp Blatter were originally given eight-year bans over a payment of £1.25m, which Blatter made to his former protégé in 2011.That December ruling was reduced to six years by a Fifa appeal panel in February and has now been reduced again by CAS, but the Lausanne-based court has backed Fifa’s judgement that the payment was “unfair” and a “conflict of interests”.The 60-year-old Frenchman’s appeal was heard over eight hours by a three-man CAS panel in Lausanne on 29 April, with Blatter among the witnesses.The panel, chaired by Italian Luigi Fumagalli, judges all the evidence afresh and has the power to quash the bans or award stiffer sanctions.

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Michel Platini will resign as UEFA president after failing to overturn his ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which cut his sanction from six to four years.A spokesman for Platini’s Paris-based lawyers says Platini will now resign.CAS effectively removed Platini from world soccer by ensuring his ban runs beyond his current UEFA mandate, which expires in March 2019.The court says the ban “corresponds to the duration of a presidential term.”In deciding the ban, the court says its judges cited “the absence of any repentance and the impact that this matter has had on FIFA’s reputation.”CAS says Platini was guilty of conflict of interest for taking a $2 million payment from FIFA approved by Sepp Blatter in 2011.

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