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Banned UEFA President Platini can attend with invitation


06-09-2016 13:00 BJT

Football fans in France are gearing up for Euro 2016, which kicks off with the hosts taking on Romania in Friday's opening match at the Stade de France. And one of those who may be in the stands is suspended UEFA President Michel Platini, who could attend the tournament if invited, despite his four-year ban from the sport.

The French football legend was found guilty of ethics violations for taking a payment of 2 million Swiss francs from FIFA in 2011. The governing body initially indicated the ban would prevent Platini from attending matches in an official capacity, with the Frenchman only allowed in stadiums as an ordinary fan.

But UEFA's interim general secretary, Theodore Theodoridis, says the governing body received a clarification on Wednesday afternoon. The interpretation states that Platini can be invited to Euro 2016 games, but cannot carry out official functions. Theodoridis says UEFA's Executive Committee will now decide whether or not to officially invite Platini.

"We received, right before the press conference, clarification from the ethics committee of FIFA, and the letter signed by Mr. Hans-Joachim Eckert says that Mr. Platini can be invited in a personal capacity, as long as he doesn't perform any official function. This message will be transmitted to the Executive Committee, and they will make a decision for an invitation for Mr. Platini throughout the whole of the tournament. As for Friday, I don't expect he will be there," said Theodore Theodoridis.

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