The President of the Union of European football associations (UEFA) Michel Platini has officially announced that he is leaving his post. Stream the UEFA Congress, where Michel Platini made a farewell speech is on the website of the organization.
“I assure you, my conscience is clean and I have to prove it in court,” said Platini.
On Wednesday at the UEFA Congress, held in Athens, will be elected the new President of the organization. Candidates for this position are the President of the football Union of Slovenia Aleksander Ceferin, founder and head of the Royal football Association of the Netherlands Michael van praagh.
Platini took the decision to step down in may 2016 after the court of arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rejected his appeal against a six-year suspension from football activities. In December 2015, the ethics Committee dismissed Platini and the eighth President of FIFA Joseph Blatter from any football activities. The Committee found that Platini had violated FIFA rules regarding conflict of interest and loyalty, and Blatter — the ethical code of the organization relating to conflict of interest, loyalty and submission to someone gifts.
The reason for the investigation in relation to football officials in particular, have been the payment. 2 million Swiss francs Platini. The Frenchman claims that the money was paid to him for the work in FIFA 1998-2002. This confirms Blatter himself, but the money was transferred only in 2011.