FIFA drops Michel Platini charges?

President of UEFA Michel Platini attends the Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia at The Konstantin Palace on July 25, 2015
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Reports surface claiming that FIFA's Ethics Committee has dropped its corruption charges against Michel Platini over a "disloyal payment" from Sepp Blatter.

FIFA's Ethics Committee has reportedly dropped charges against Michel Platini over a "disloyal payment" received from then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Platini was due to face a trial later this week having appealed his initial eight-year ban from all football-related activity, which was later reduced to six years.

However, a number of reports have now surfaced claiming that some or all of the charges have been dropped against the former UEFA president.

FIFA are yet to confirm whether or not the reports are true after Italian media outlets Sky and ANSA both claimed that the corruption charges have been unexpectedly binned.

Platini and Blatter have maintained their innocence throughout the investigation, which centres around a £1.35m payment from Blatter to Platini in 2011.

There have so far been no reports on the fate of Blatter, who is also appealing his own six-year ban from all football-related activity.

Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter at a press conference after he was banned from all football activity for eight years on December 21, 2015
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