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Michel Platini at a news conference. Reuters.

Michel Platini will resign from his role as head of European soccer federation UEFA after failing to overturn his ban at a sports court, which maintained but reduced his sanction for ethics violations.

One of his lawyers confirmed to Reuters on Monday that Platini is stepping down after news broke out that the Court of Arbitration for Sport cut the Frenchman’s ban from six to four years.

Lawyer Yves Wehrli, contacted in the wake of the court ruling in Lausanne in Switzerland, said that Platini would resign “in the coming days.”

CAS effectively removed Platini from world soccer by ensuring his ban runs beyond his current UEFA mandate, which expires in March 2019.

The court said the ban “corresponds to the duration of a presidential term.”

In deciding the ban, the court said its judges cited “the absence of any repentance and the impact that this matter has had on FIFA’s reputation.”

CAS added that Platini was guilty of conflict of interest over the payment of $2 million authorized by former FIFA leader Sepp Blatter in 2011.

Platini and Blatter have both denied any wrongdoing over the payment made without a contract for consulting work carried out a decade earlier. They say there was an “oral contract.”

Blatter is still under criminal investigation in Switzerland over the payment and other aspects of his management of FIFA.

He is awaiting a CAS hearing to challenge his six-year ban.

Blatter and Platini were provisionally suspended by the FIFA ethics committee last October, then banned for eight years. FIFA’s appeal panel cut two years off their sanctions in February as reward for their long service to the sport.