Platini allowed to attend matches

PARIS: Banned UEFA President Michel Platini will be allowed to attend matches at the European soccer Championship providing he does not do it in any official role, the European governing body’s acting general secretary said on Wednesday. “We received a letter today (from FIFA) telling us Michel could attend matches as a person, providing he does not do so in any official function”, Theodore Theodoridis told a pre-tournament news conference. The executive committee of UEFA will now rule on a demand by the European body to invite Platini for the entire tournament, he added. A UEFA official said Platini was not planning to attend any matches at this point. The European body had asked FIFA what the exact terms were for Platini’s current suspension from football-related activities. UEFA will hold an election in September to choose a replacement for Platini, meaning the European body will not have a president during the showpiece June 10-July 10 tournament in France.