Platini to quit UEFA after losing appeal over ethics ban
LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Suspended European soccer boss Michel Platini will resign as head of governing body UEFA after losing a top level appeal against a ban for ethics violations, but he will continue to fight to clear his name.
One of the finest players of his generation who went on to become a powerful sporting official, Frenchman Platini was suspended after his dealings with fallen world soccer chief Sepp Blatter dragged him into the scandal which engulfed the sport's global governing body FIFA.
Sport's highest tribunal, The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), upheld Platini's suspension on Monday, although it reduced the term from six years to four.
"The CAS Panel was of the opinion that a severe sanction could be justified in view of the superior functions carried out by Mr. Platini (FIFA Vice-President and UEFA President), the absence of any repentance and the impact that this matter has had on FIFA’s reputation," CAS said in a statement.
The ruling means that UEFA, which has not replaced Platini since he was initially banned in October, will have to elect a new president.
UEFA said its Executive Committee would meet on May 18 in Basel to discuss the next steps, adding that no stand-in President would be appointed in the meantime.
That decision means European soccer will almost certainly have no figurehead during the European Championship, to be held in France over June and July. Continued...