Category: michel platini

Platini could receive UEFA compensation despite ban

Berlin (AFP) – Former UEFA president Michel Platini could receive a cash compensation from European football’s governing body, even though he is serving a four-year suspension for corruption. German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Tuesday claims Platini could yet receive a pay-out as part of a severance and retirement package. UEFA confirmed to AFP that Platini no long receives a salary, but the matter of any renumeration will be discussed. “The overall matter of his remuneration since his suspension will be addressed by the UEFA Executive Committee in due course following advice and proposals from the newly formed UEFA Compensation ... Read more

Platini tells UEFA ‘my conscience is clear’

Athens (AFP) – Disgraced football leader Michel Platini said in a farewell speech to UEFA on Wednesday that he felt no guilt over a $2 million payment from FIFA that has seen him suspended for four years. “Just simply know that my conscience is clear, that I am certain that I committed not the slightest fault and that I am continuing to fight legally,” the 62-year-old French football legend told a congress in Athens as it met to elect his successor. Platini and former FIFA leader Sepp Blatter are both under criminal investigation by Swiss prosecutors over the payment that ... Read more

FIFA green light for Platini to attend key UEFA meeting

Paris (AFP) – World football’s governing body FIFA has given the green light for disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini to address Wednesday’s UEFA Congress in Athens, triggering anger in Germany. A source close to Platini, currently serving a four-year ban,  said last week he would attend the meeting of European football’s governing body, when the UEFA executive committee will vote on his successor. “The FIFA Ethics Committee has informed UEFA that Michel Platini will be allowed to address the 12th Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Athens on 14 September,” UEFA said in a statement. “A request for Mr. Platini’s attendance had ... Read more

Platini to attend key UEFA meeting despite ban

Paris (AFP) – Disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini will attend the UEFA Congress in Athens next week at the invitation of European football’s governing body, but paying his own way for a final farewell. Platini “will travel there by his own means and will not give a press conference” at the Congress, when the UEFA executive committee will vote on his successor, a member of his entourage told AFP. However, the move could get Platini into hot water with FIFA. The former French international, a three-time European footballer of the year, is the key figure in the scandal that ... Read more

Platini demands CAS reasoning for four year ban

Paris (AFP) – Former UEFA president Michel Platini has demanded that the Court for Arbitration of Sport (CAS) explain the reasoning behind their decision to ban him for four years from all activities relating to football. Originally banned for eight years, reduced to six on appeal, Platini took further court action in May and had the ban cut to four. But Platini’s lawyers say they still have not been told why the decision was made. In a letter addressed to CAS, the former French footballer’s lawyers demanded an explanation “in as brief a time as possible” and branded CAS’s behaviour ... Read more

Three candidates to succeed Platini as UEFA chief

Paris (AFP) – Three candidates to succeed the disgraced Michel Platini as president of UEFA made the shortlist on Friday for the vote to take place in Athens on September 14. The three are Slovenia’s Aleksander Ceferin, Michael van Praag of the Netherlands and Spain’s Angel Maria Villar. Spanish football federation chief Villar, 66, is currently the interim president of UEFA following the ban handed down to Platini in May. He has been the head of Spanish football for 27 years. Ceferin, 48, has been president of the Slovenian federation since 2011 while 68-year-old van Praag is the Dutch federation ... Read more

Platini wants to “formally resign” at September 14 UEFA congress

Paris (AFP) – Michel Platini, currently serving a four-year ban from all football, wants to “formally resign” as UEFA president at the organisation’s elective congress on September 14 when his successor will be named, the Frenchman said Wednesday. The former French national team skipper quit his post on May 9 after his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his ban failed. He had originally been suspended for eight years for a “conflict of interest” over a suspect two million Swiss franc ($2 million) payment authorised by former FIFA leader Sepp Blatter.

Platini facing Euro 2016 rebuff as UEFA seek new chief

Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) – French football legend Michel Platini could be barred from attending Euro 2016 in an official capacity following his spectacular fall from grace as president of European football’s ruling body. Platini, whose successor as head of UEFA will be elected in Athens on September 14, would have awarded the trophy to the tournament winners in his native France on July 10. But that task has now been handed to Spanish football federation chief Angel Maria Villar, UEFA’s first vice-president and reportedly one of several candidates looking to succeed the Frenchman later this summer. Platini is still listed ... Read more