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Platini resigns as UEFA president

Embattled Michel Platini has on Monday, May 9, 2016 announced his resignation as the President of the Union of European Football Association (UEFA).

Platini who gave justifications for his decision stated that he wants to “pursue my fight before the Swiss courts to prove my probity”.

His resignation came after he lost his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne which deprived him from contesting as FIFA president

The French football administrator and his counterpart, Sepp Blatter are currently facing corruption charges which includes allegations of bribery.

However, FIFA’s ethics committee in December suspended the former French football star from all football activities for eight year, over his alleged acceptance of a 2 million Swiss France ‘disloyal payment’ from FIFA, on the authority of Sepp Blatter, the immediate past president of FIFA.

CAS in Lausanne trimmed Platini’s sentence from six years to four years, but maintained the charges of financial misconduct brought against him by FIFA while his fine was cut to SFr60.000.

“I note today’s decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport but I consider it a profound injustice,” Platini said in a statement.

“This decision inflicts a suspension for which the length stops me, de facto, and by luck, from being a candidate in the next FIFA presidential election.

“As agreed with the national associations, I resign as president of UEFA to pursue my fight before the Swiss courts to prove my probity in this case. Life has always kept beautiful surprises for me, now I am free to live them.”

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