January 24, 2020 / 3:37 PM / a month ago

FIFPRO denies offering role to former UEFA president Platini

FILE PHOTO: Former head of European football association UEFA Michel Platini leaves a judicial police station where he was detained for questioning over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament, in Nanterre, France June 19, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

ZURICH (Reuters) - The global players’ union FIFPRO has denied offering any sort of role to former UEFA president Michel Platini, whose four-year ban from football for ethics violations ended in October.

“In light of media reports linking Michel Platini to a role within our organisation, FIFPRO would like to put on record that no such position has been discussed let alone agreed by the FIFPRO board,” said the union in a statement on Friday.

Platini was banned from football for eight years in 2015 along with former FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Both men denied wrongdoing.

The ban was over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs (£1.5 million) made to the Frenchman by FIFA in 2011 with Blatter’s approval for work done a decade earlier. FIFA’s ethics committee said the payment, made at a time when Blatter was seeking re-election, lacked transparency and presented conflicts of interest.

Platini’s ban was reduced to four years on appeal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and Blatter’s to six by a FIFA Appeal committee.

Platini, a former France captain who was one of the finest players of his generation, said in several interviews last year that he wanted a new role in football.

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Toby Davis

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