Mon, 09 May, 2016, 12:22
Uefa president Michel Platini has had his ban from all football-related activity reduced to four years from six by the court of arbitration for sport (Cas).
Platini and former Fifa president Sepp Blatter were originally given eight-year bans over a payment of £1.25m, which Blatter made to his former protégé in 2011.
That December ruling was reduced to six years by a Fifa appeal panel in February and has now been reduced again by CAS, but the Lausanne-based court has backed Fifa’s judgement that the payment was “unfair” and a “conflict of interests”.
The 60-year-old Frenchman’s appeal was heard over eight hours by a three-man CAS panel in Lausanne on 29 April, with Blatter among the witnesses.
The panel, chaired by Italian Luigi Fumagalli, judges all the evidence afresh and has the power to quash the bans or award stiffer sanctions.