The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne reduced the FIFA ban on Frenchman Michel Platini from six to four years, but the ban was not overturned following which Platini said that he would be stepping down as UEFA president soon.
After CAS returned its judgement, Platini said in a statement, “I am resigning from my duties as UEFA president to pursue my battle in front of the Swiss courts to prove my innocence in this case.”
He added that he considered the judgement “a profound injustice”.
However, the CAS panel was damning of Platini, saying his “behaviour was not ethical or loyal”.
Meanwhile European football governing body UEFA made the following statement:
UEFA has taken note of the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport
UEFA has taken note of the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport to suspend UEFA President Michel Platini from any football-related activity for four years.
We have also taken note of Michel Platini’s statement announcing his intention to resign as UEFA President.
The UEFA Executive Committee will meet on the morning of 18 May in Basel to discuss next steps, including the scheduling of an elective congress.
In the meantime, there will be no UEFA President appointed ad interim.