Following the decision of the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body to ban FK Pobeda from UEFA competitions for eight years, and the life ban imposed on the club president and a player, Michel Platini has welcomed the verdict.
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Following the decision of the Control and Disciplinary Body to ban FK Pobeda from participating in UEFA club competitions for eight years, and the life ban imposed on both the club president and one player, the UEFA President Michel Platini commented: "I very much welcome the firm stance taken by the Control and Disciplinary Body to severely punish any club or individual involved in manipulating the outcome of football matches.
Clear and strong signal
"This punishment sends a clear and strong signal that UEFA will not tolerate any fraudulent activity aimed at influencing the result of matches.
"This policy has recently been highlighted by several decisions taken by the UEFA Executive Committee, which notably included the appointment of additional disciplinary inspectors to investigate suspicious betting activities, and the extension of the Fraud Detection System to all of Europe's first and second-division matches, as well as to domestic cup competitions.
Ensuring football's integrity
"No one should be in any doubt that UEFA will do its utmost to ensure the integrity of football matches in Europe and will deploy all necessary measures to do so."