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Published: 10:41 | 9/5/16

Platini ban reduced to four years

Frenchman to resign as UEFA president

Michel Platini has had his six-year ban from all football-related activities reduced to four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Platini and former FIFA president Sepp Blatter were banned from all football activity in December over a £1.3m payment made by FIFA to Platini in February 2011 which the paired claimed was due for un-invoiced work carried out a decade earlier.

The "disloyal payment" came shortly after Platini decided to support Blatter's attempts for yet another re-election in 2011.

Although they failed to have the bans overturned, the FIFA appeals committee reduced the terms of their suspensions from eight to six years in recognition of their services to the game.

Platini appealed to CAS but he has only succeeded in having the ban reduced to four years and will be unable to attend Euro 2016 in his native France.

The ruling also means Platini will have to resign from his position as UEFA president as he needed his ban to be completely overturned in order to see out the his term.

“I take note of today’s decision from Cas but I see it as a profound injustice,” Platini said in a statement. “This decision inflicts a suspension on me that, as luck would have it, stops me from contesting the next election for the Fifa presidency.

“As agreed with the national associations, 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.

“Life is always full of surprises: I am henceforth available to experience more of them.”

UEFA's executive committee will meet next week in Switzerland to discuss replacing Platini, with an election likely to take place in mid-September.

"UEFA has taken note of the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport to suspend UEFA President Michel Platini from any football-related activity for four years," a statement from UEFA read.

"We have also taken note of Michel Platini's statement announcing his intention to resign as UEFA President.

"The UEFA Executive Committee will meet on the morning of 18 May in Basel to discuss next steps, including the scheduling of an elective congress.

"In the meantime, there will be no UEFA President appointed ad interim."

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