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Platini may avoid FIFA sanction over attending Dubai event

UEFA president attended the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai on December 27

Platini may avoid FIFA sanction over attending Dubai event
Michel Platini (Getty Images)

UEFA president Michel Platini looks set to avoid any punishment for attending the recent Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai, despite being banned from “all football activity”.

Platini was handed an eight year ban from the game by FIFA's Ethics Committee on December 21, along with banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter. He is appealing the decision and insists he has done no wrong.

The ban relates to a payment of two million Swiss francs ($2m) made by Blatter’s FIFA to Platini in 2011, nine years after he finished working as a consultant to Blatter.

On December 27, Platini attended the Globe Soccer Awards organised by the Dubai Sports Council in Madinat Jumeirah, along with soccer stars such as Argentine Lionel Messi and Italian Andrea Pirlo.

Frenchman Platini was photographed at the event and also made comments regarding his ban to the Italian media while in Dubai.

In relation to his attendance at the Dubai event, FIFA told Associated Press that its disciplinary committee was “monitoring the situation”, but did not plan to intervene “for the time being”.

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