Banned Pla­tini to ad­dress Uefa

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MICHEL Pla­tini has been given per­mis­sion to ad­dress Euro­pean foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body Uefa when it meets this week — de­spite the for­mer pres­i­dent be­ing banned from all foot­ball ac­tiv­ity.

French­man Pla­tini (61) was head of Uefa un­til his ban for breach­ing ethics rules over a £1.3m “dis­loyal pay­ment”.

Uefa is meet­ing to se­lect the for­mer France mid­fielder’s suc­ces­sor.

It asked Fifa for per­mis­sion for its ex-leader to at­tend the gath­er­ing.

“The Fifa ethics com­mit­tee has in­formed Uefa that Michel Pla­tini will be al­lowed to ad­dress the 12th Ex­tra­or­di­nary Uefa Congress in Athens on 14 Septem­ber,” it said in a state­ment.

“A re­quest for Mr Pla­tini’s at­ten­dance had been re­cently made by Uefa and we wel­come this de­ci­sion,” it added.

The ethics com­mit­tee of world gov­ern­ing body Fifa handed down an ini­tial eight-year ban for Pla­tini and Fifa’s then-pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter last year.

It re­lated to a pay­ment of 2m Swiss Francs Blat­ter made to the French­man in 2011.

The two have al­ways de­nied wrong­do­ing and said the pay­ment was made for con­sul­tancy work Pla­tini had car­ried out for Blat­ter be­tween 1998 and 2002, and that they had a “gen­tle­man’s agree­ment” on when the bal­ance was set­tled.

But the ethics com­mit­tee felt the pair had demon­strated an “abusive ex­e­cu­tion” of their po­si­tions.

Charges in­cluded con­flict of in­ter­est, false ac­count­ing and non-co-op­er­a­tion, with in­ves­ti­ga­tors sub­mit­ting a file of more than 50 pages.

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