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Platini says FIFA must now end his ban

PARIS, May 26: Former UEFA president Michel Platini said Saturday he hoped FIFA would lift his ban over a controversial 1.8-million-euro payment after Swiss prosecutors said they had found no evidence so far to incriminate him.

“I hope that FIFA will have the courage and the decency to lift my suspension,” Platini told AFP in a telephone interview.

Platini was banned from all football-related activities, later reduced on appeal to four years, by FIFA following a $2 million payment he received from the body in 2011 for work he did a decade earlier, with no contract to show for the deal.

The payment was authorised by FIFA’s then chief, Sepp Blatter. The disgraced Blatter is also now banned following the scandal that rocked world football. Swiss prosecutors have been investigating the payment and French newspaper Le Monde reported Friday that Platini had been cleared. Platini could still be required to appear before a judge if new evidence is found in the case, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said. IANS