Pla­tini to at­tend Uefa Congress

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DIS­GRACED for­mer Uefa ppres­i­dent Michel Pla­tini will at­tendnd the Uefa Congress in Athens next week at the in­vi­ta­tion­nvi­ta­tion of the Euro­pean foot­ball’s gov­ern­ingng body, but pay­ing his own way for a fi­nalal farewell.

Pla­tinii “will travel there by his own meansans and will not give a press con­fer­ence”nce” at the Congress, when the Ue­faa ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee will vote on his suc­ces­sor, a mem­ber of his en­tourageurage told AFP.

The for­mer­rmer French in­ter­na­tional, a three-timeme Euro­pean foot­baller of the year, is the key fig­ure in the scan­dal that brough­tught down Fifa pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter.

Pla­tinii was on the re­ceiv­ing end of the sus­pect 2 mil­lion Swiss franc ($2 mil­lion, 1.8 mil­lio­n­ion eu­ros) pay­ment that Blat­ter au­tho­riseded in 2011.

Fifa hasas said the pay­ment amount­eded to an ethics vi­o­la­tionn and has sus­pend­eded both men for six years.ears.

Blat­terr and Pla­tini in­sist it wasas a l e g i t i mmaa t e pay­mentt for an un­paid­npaid bal­ance that Fifa oweded the Uefa boss for con­sult­ingg work done a decade ear­lier. Pla­tini lost his CAS ap­peal against his own Fifa ban ear­lier this year, but the court cut his sus­pen­sion to four years. In Athens, the 55 Uefa mem­ber fed­er­a­tions will vote between two can­di­dates to suc­ceed Pla­tini : AleAlek­sanderk­sander Ce­ferin of Slove­nia and Dutch­man Michael van Praag.— AFP.

Michel Pla­tini

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