CAS reduces Platini ban to 4 years

Platini and his Fifa counterpart Sepp Blatter were given eight-year bans from all football by Fifa.

FILE: Michel Platini. Picture : AFP

CAPE TOWN - Banned Uefa president Michel Platini has had his six-year ban from football reduced to four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and his fine reduced from 80,000 Swiss francs to 60,000 Swiss francs.

The former French football star Platini and his Fifa counterpart Sepp Blatter were given eight-year bans from all football by Fifa's ethics committee last December.

Those sanctions were reduced to six years by a Fifa appeals panel in February, but both men immediately took their cases to CAS.

However, the outcome from CAS does not mean Platini can resume his role as Uefa president which he is desperate to continue.

The case is based upon on a payment of two million Swiss francs made by Blatter's Fifa to Platini in 2011 for consultancy services provided from 1998 to 2002.

The authenticity of the payment is in question as it was made at a time when Platini opted out of opposing Blatter in Fifa presidential elections leaving Blatter to run against Qatari official Mohammed Bin Hammam.

Both men deny any wrongdoing and state the payment was not untoward even though it happened eight years after their work relations ended and the payment was not legitimised by any contract or documents.

Platini justified such payment as back pay, explaining that he had orally agreed with Blatter in 1998, when the future Fifa president was negotiating with him. However, documents suggest their working contract was ended in 2002 when Platini became a Fifa executive member.

CAS arbitrators unanimously determined that Platini obtained an undue advantage in breach of Article 20 of the Fifa Code of Ethics. Furthermore, the panel also found Platini guilty of a conflict of interest in breach of Article 19 of the Fifa Code of Ethics.