MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Italian media reported earlier in the day that all charges against Platini have been dropped, two days ahead of a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing.
"The report of ANSA is absolutely wrong. The judgment of the Adjudicatory Chamber in the case of M. Platini is unchanged," Adjudicatory Chamber spokesman Mark Tenbuecken said.
On December 21, 2015, the chamber banned 60-year-old Platini with former FIFA President Joseph Blatter from football-related activities for eight years over corruption allegations.
Platini stood accused of receiving a payment of $2.05 million from FIFA and Blatter in 2011 in purported violation of the organization's ethics code. The French official maintained that the compensation was for his 1999-2002 work on a global development project and for accompanying Blatter on business trips based on a handshake agreement.