Platini to attend Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Athens

Nyon, Sep 13 (IANS) Former Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) President Michel Platini will be allowed to attend and address the upcoming Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Athens.

The Congress will be convened to name a successor for Frenchman Platini following the suspension issued against him, reports Efe.

UEFA confirmed on Monday that world football body FIFA’s ethics committee has accepted the European soccer governing body’s request to allow Platini to attend its Extraordinary Congress and address the attendees.

FIFA’s ethics committee decided to suspend Platini last October for violating the code of ethics.

The decision to punish Platini was based on the payment of 1.84 million euros ($2 million) which world football ruling body FIFA made to the French in February 2011.

The payment authorised by former FIFA President Sepp Blatter had no legal basis in the written agreement signed between both officials in August 1999.

–IANS

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