Michel Platini is set to resign as UEFA president just after the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s choice to not overturn his ban.
Euro 2016 president Jacques Lambert said he’s “immensely sad” for Michel Platini following the Frenchman announced he would be stepping down as UEFA president.
Platini had his ban – which was related to a $2 million (￡1.3m) disloyal payment made by then FIFA chief Sepp Blatter in 2011 – lowered from six years to 4 by the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s three-man appeal panel on Monday.
Nevertheless, Platini’s legal group announced shortly afterwards he will be stepping down from his function at UEFA, leaving Lambert disappointed for his pal.
“I supported [Platini] inside the previous, but I help him a lot more nowadays, for the reason that Michel is initial and foremost a buddy, and when a buddy is in difficulty, there is no greater time to be behind him,” Lambert mentioned.
“My reaction is seriously easy, and really brief, and I won’t [say] anything else now, I am extremely disappointed and immensely sad for him.”
Platini remained optimistic about getting capable to present the trophy for the winner from the Euros, but Lambert confirmed it could be not possible, regardless of the former’s reported intentions to attend games in the tournament.
“It’s not possible [for Platini to present the trophy], he’s still suspended from his official position, it’s not possible,” the 68-year-old stated.
“For the rest, what he will do as a person, it’s as much as him to say it, not me.”