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Platini to Quit as UEFA President after Ban Appeal Fails

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first_imgThe pair, who deny wrongdoing, had their original bans reduced from eight to six years by the FIFA appeals committee.Platini had taken his case to CAS seeking to get the ban overturned, but a three-man panel said it “was not convinced by the legitimacy of the payment”.The two said the payment in 2011 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.The matter is also being looked into by Swiss prosecutors.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”.It found his dealings with Blatter had breached the ethics code of world governing body FIFA and while his six-year ban was “too severe”, it decided a four-year punishment should be handed down – the equivalent to a presidential term in office.It also said an 80,000 Swiss Franc (£57,200) fine should be lowered to 60,000 (£42,900), but stressed: “The CAS panel was of the opinion that a severe sanction could be justified in view of the superior functions carried out by Mr Platini (FIFA vice-president and UEFA president), the absence of any repentance and the impact that this matter has had on FIFA’s reputation.”UEFA said it would meet on May 18 “to discuss next steps”.“In the meantime, there will be no UEFA president appointed ad interim,” it added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram UEFA President, Michel Platini, will resign from European football’s governing body after failing to have a six-year ban from football overturned.A Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) panel reduced the ban to four years monday.Following the judgement, the 60-year-old said he would be stepping down.Platini and former FIFA counterpart, Sepp Blatter, were last year found guilty of ethics breaches over a 2m Swiss Franc (£1.3m) “disloyal payment”.last_img read more

STAFF : Orange tennis stays hot with weekend sweep of West Virginia and Pittsburgh

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first_img Comments Syracuse (10-4, 5-1 Big East) picked up a pair of wins against two conference foes last weekend, defeating West Virginia 6-1 on Saturday and Pittsburgh 7-0 on Sunday. No. 39 SU has now won eight of its last nine matches.Emily Harman and Amanda Rodgers dominated their respective singles matches against the Mountaineers. Alessondra Parra, Maddie Kobelt and Komal Safdar also picked up victories for the Orange in singles.Due to an injury, the Mountaineers were unable to field a tandem for No. 3 doubles, handing SU the doubles point and the victory.Syracuse started quickly out of the gates Sunday, sweeping the Panthers in doubles to capture the early 1-0 advantage. The senior duo of Harman and Parra took care of business in No. 1 doubles, winning 8-5. Kobelt and Rodgers earned a 9-7 win, while Safdar and Anika Novacek cruised to an 8-3 victory.Rodgers extended her singles winning streak to 12 games with a 6-4, 7-5 decision against Taylor Washington. With the win, Rodgers now holds a team-best 13-1 singles mark.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textParra defeated Molly Wickman 6-0, 6-3, and Novacek recorded her first career singles victory with a 6-2, 6-3 win in the No. 6 match.The Orange is off until March 23 and 25, when it hosts Binghamton and Boston University.—Compiled by Austin Mirmina, staff writer, [email protected] Published on March 4, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more