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Michel Platini Will Quit UEFA Presidency and Loses Appeal

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Michel Platini

Geneva, Switzerland – FIFA-banned Michel Platini will quit as the head of European soccer after a sports tribunal on May 9 rejected his final appeal against his ban from soccer over a suspect $2 million payment he received from FIFA.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), where Platini appealed against his sanction, reduced his suspension from six years to four, saying the penalty initially imposed by FIFA’s ethics committee was “too severe.”

But the court said it was “not convinced” that the $2.0 million (1.8 million euros) payment Platini received from FIFA in 2011 was legitimate.

The payment was ordered by world football’s disgraced ex-president Sepp Blatter, who was also brought down over the infamous transaction.

Following the judgement, the 60-year-old said he would be stepping down.

After CAS returned its judgement, Platini said in a statement: “I am resigning from my duties as UEFA president to pursue my battle in front of the Swiss courts to prove my innocence in this case.”

UEFA will be meeting on May 18 “to discuss next steps”. “In the meantime, there will be no UEFA president appointed ad interim,” it added.

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