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FIFA Ethics Committee clears banned UEFA chief Platini of corruption charges — daily

April 26, 16:35 UTC+3 ROME
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Michel Platini

Michel Platini

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ROME, April 26. /TASS/. The Ethics Committee of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) lifted all corruption charges against UEFA President Michel Platini, according to reports of Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport.

There has been no official confirmation of the provided information in the Italian daily on behalf of FIFA.

In early October, Platini and then-President of FIFA Sepp Blatter were both suspended for the period of 90 days from their posts as part of the investigation into corruption allegations against them. Among a number of corruption allegations, Blatter is suspected of a disloyal payment of 2 million Swiss francs to UEFA President Platini in February 2011.

The adjudicatory chamber of the independent FIFA Ethics Committee held hearings into corruption charges on December 17 and 18, in regard to Blatter and Platini respectively, and on December 21 they were both suspended for the period of eight years from all football-related activities.

The Ethics Committee also subjected both of the football executives to financial fines, obliging Blatter to pay 50,000 Swiss francs (over $50,300) and Platini - 80,000 Swiss francs (over $80,500).

On March 2, FIFA Appeal Committee ruled to reduce the suspension sentences for Palitini and Blatter from eight to six years.

Following the FIFA Appeal Committee’s ruling both Platini and Blatter submitted an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne.

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