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My Conscience Is Clear, Says Platini

Former uefa president Michel Platini is still insisting on his innocence and stating his conscience is clear.

The Frenchman was banned from all football related activities for a $2 million disloyal payment made to him by Blatter. With his ban reduced from six years to four years.

However, Platini – who was granted permission to speak at UEFA’s Congress where his successor will be named on Wednesday – maintained his innocence and once again denied any wrongdoing.

“Just simply know that my conscience is clear,” he told the Congress during a farewell speech on Wednesday.

“I am certain that I committed not the slightest fault and that I will continue to fight this ban in the courts.

“It is very emotional for me to be here. This is my last speech to a UEFA congress.

“You are going to continue this wonderful mission without me.”

Platini, who left the stage to a smattering of applause, added: “I want to thank everyone in this room who had the courage and loyalty to support me during the past months.

“From the heart, thank you to you. I also want to clarify that I do not want criticise those who did not support me, each being entitled to have their own convictions.”

Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) president Michael van Praag and his Slovenian counterpart Aleksander Ceferin are in the running to replace Platini, with the latter favourite to claim the role.

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