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Platini bids UEFA farewell

14-September-2016
14-September-2016 10:13
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Michel Platini opened UEFA's extraordinary congress to find a replacement for him as president in Athens with an emotional farewell and a note of defiance.

The 61-year-old Frenchman has been banned from all football-related activities since December for receiving what Swiss investigators called a 'disloyal payment' from former FIFA president Sepp Blatter in 2011, but was given special permission to say goodbye to his former colleagues by FIFA's ethics committee.

Clearly moved by the occasion, Platini used most of his allotted 10 minutes to praise the organisation he led for eight years from 2007 but he started by repeating that he is innocent of any wrongdoing.

"I am certain that I haven't made any mistakes and I will continue to fight this in the courts," said Platini.