CAS cuts Platini’s ban from football to 4 years

Zurich, May 9 (IANS) The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday reduced suspended European football governing body (UEFA) president Michel Platini’s ban from six years to four years.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rendered its decision in the arbitration procedure between Michel Platini and the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The suspension of Mr. Platini has been lowered from 6 to 4 years,” the CAS said in a statement.

In December 2015, Platini was banned from football-related activities over corruption allegations.

Platini was banned for six years for “conflict of interest” over a 2 million Swiss franc (around $2 million) payment authorised by former world football governing body (FIFA) president Sepp Blatter, who is still under criminal investigation in Switzerland.

UEFA has never named an interim president during Platini’s suspension.

Platini, who won the European Cup with Italian club Juventus and the European Championship with France, took the helm of the European football body in 2007.

–IANS

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