UEFA President Resigns
Michel Platini has resigned as the president of UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations.
Platini announced his resignation on Monday after the Court of Arbitration for Sport failed to cancel his ban from the sport. However, the court did reduce the length of the ban, from six years to four.
Platini was accused of taking $2 million from FIFA, the international governing body of football. In the United States, the sport is called soccer.
The court found he received suspect payment for working as an adviser to Sepp Blatter, who was then FIFA's president. Blatter resigned his position in 2015 while the organization was being investigated for corruption.
The court said the payment was not linked to any kind of business agreement and was not part of Platini's wages. It noted that he received the payment eight years after his work at FIFA ended.
In a statement, Platini said the court's "decision is inflicting (on) me a suspension whose length will de facto prevent me -- as if by chance -- from bidding for the next FIFA presidential election."
He called the decision a "profound injustice." He said he will consider asking a court in Switzerland to find him innocent.
Platini has led UEFA since 2007. His term as president was set to end in March 2019. The next election for FIFA president is to take place in May 2019.
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2.In a statement, Platini said the court's "decision is inflicting (on) me a suspension whose length will de facto prevent me -- as if by chance -- from bidding for the next FIFA presidential election."
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国际体育仲裁法庭驳回普拉蒂尼的上诉后，周一他宣布辞职 。国际体育仲裁院宣布，他的禁足令被削减至4年 。
普拉蒂尼被指控收受国际足联(FIFA)支付的200万瑞士法郎 。美国将足球称为soccer而不是football 。
时任国际足联主席的塞普·布拉特曾向普拉蒂尼支付一大笔顾问费用 。2015年布拉特在接受腐败调查时辞去国际足联主席一职 。
法庭表示，这笔费用并没有任何正规的合同，也不是普拉蒂尼的个人工资 。这笔款项是在普拉蒂尼离开国际足联8年后才支付的 。
他表示这次判决非常不公平 。他会考虑向瑞士联邦最高法院上诉，力证自己的清白 。
自2007年起，普拉蒂尼就担任欧足联主席 。他的任期截止到2019年3月 。下届欧足联主席的选举将于2019年5月举行 。