Platini hopeful new document can clear his name at FIFA

PARIS, Safar 24, 1437, Dec 6, 2015, SPA — Michel Platini is hopeful that a new memo allegedly showing a payment agreement with suspended FIFA boss Sepp Blatter will clear his name in a corruption case and re-ignite the Frenchman’s bid to become the next president of world soccer’s governing body, AP reported.
Facing a possible life ban for corruption, the suspended UEFA president was charged over a controversial $2 million payment from FIFA in 2011 that Blatter said he approved as backdated salary for work by Platini as a presidential adviser from 1998-2002.
Platini’s communication team claimed Sunday that a 23-page memo they obtained earlier this week shows that UEFA’s executive committee was aware of a deal with Blatter as early as November 1998.
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