14:15 GMT21 October 2020
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    Former UEFA President Michel Platini said on Wednesday that his conscience was clear despite accusations of corruption, ahead of electing his successor.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Wednesday, head of Slovenia’s football association, Aleksander Ceferin, was elected UEFA president at the governing body’s 12th extraordinary congress in Athens.

    "Just simply know that my conscience is clear, that I am certain that I committed not the slightest fault and that I am continuing to fight legally," Platini said in his farewell UEFA extraordinary congress address.

    Platini and former FIFA President Joseph Blatter were both handed eight-year suspensions last December for their role in a major FIFA corruption scandal. It erupted after Swiss authorities opened a criminal case against Blatter in September 2015 over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2.04 million at current exchange rates) that he made to Platini.

    However, Platini’s ban was later reduced to four years.

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