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Platini says in his farewell speech to UEFA that he has ‘a clear conscience’

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Disgraced former UEFA President Michel Platini says he has a “clear conscience” as he bids farewell in a speech to European soccer’s governing body

Platini says in his farewell speech to UEFA that he has ‘a clear conscience’

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ATHENS, GREECE (SEPTEMBER 14, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FORMER UEFA PRESIDENT, MICHEL PLATINI, SAYING:

“You are going to continue this wonderful mission without me for reasons I don’t want to go into today. Know that, ladies and gentlemen, I have a clear conscience, I am certain not to have made any mistake and will continue to fight this in the courts.”

2. WHITE FLASH

3. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FORMER UEFA PRESIDENT, MICHEL PLATINI, SAYING:

“Football is a treasure to be shared, a game rather than a product, a sport rather than a market, a show not a business.”

4. WHITE FLASH

5. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FORMER UEFA PRESIDENT, MICHEL PLATINI, SAYING BEFORE WALKING OFF STAGE WAVING:

“As far as I am concerned, I am very proud. That’s why I came here today before you, the 55 associations that elected me. To say to you to in person: farewell and thank you. My mandate as president of UEFA comes to an end during this Congress with the election of a new president, who I already wish every success in their new role. Friends of football, see you soon, thank you.”

STORY: Disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini insisted his conscience was clear as he gave a farewell speech to European soccer’s governing body at their extraordinary Congress on Wednesday (September 14).

The Frenchman, who resigned in May after being banned for from the sport for four years for ethics violations, was given a round of applause by the delegates but did not get a standing ovation.

Despite Platini’s ban, FIFA’s ethics committee said an exception had been made for the event as a “gesture of humanity.”

“You are going to continue this wonderful mission without me for reasons I don’t want to go into today. Know that, ladies and gentlemen, I have a clear conscience, I am certain not to have made any mistake and will continue to fight this in the courts,” Platini said.

His replacement was to be elected immediately afterwards with Slovenia’s Aleksander Ceferin and Dutchman Michael van Praag as the two candidates.

One of the finest players of his generation who went on to become a powerful sporting official, Platini was suspended over his dealings with fallen world soccer chief Sepp Blatter during the scandal which shook the sport’s global governing body last year.

Platini was banished along with Blatter over a payment of two million Swiss francs ($2.08 million) made to the Frenchman by FIFA with Blatter’s approval in 2011 for work done a decade earlier.

Platini said that football was “a game rather than a product, a sport rather than a market, a show not a business.”

“As far as I am concerned, I am very proud. That’s why I came here today before you, the 55 associations that elected me. To say to you to in person: farewell and thank you. My mandate as president of UEFA comes to an end during this Congress with the election of a new president, who I already wish every success in their new role. Friends of football, see you soon, thank you,” Platini, who was first elected in 2007, said at the end of his seven-minute speech.

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