Platini loses appeal at CAS over 90-day FIFA ban

Latest Update: December 11, 2015 | 249 Views

LAUSANNE, Switzerland: Michel Platini lost his appeal Friday at the Court to Arbitration for Sport to lift a 90-day ban by FIFA.

CAS said its three-man panel of judges was unanimous in ruling against the FIFA presidential hopeful.

The 90-day ban “does not cause irreparable harm to Michel Platini at this point in time,” the court said in a statement.

Platini hoped to be allowed to attend the 2016 European Championship draw in Paris on Saturday and resume campaigning ahead of the FIFA presidential election on Feb. 26.

He must also first pass an integrity check by FIFA to be declared an official candidate.

Still, CAS ordered the FIFA ethics committee to work quickly on Platini’s case. The court said Platini’s provisional ban could not be extended by a further 45 days in January.

Platini’s full case will be heard by the FIFA ethics committee in Zurich on Friday and a verdict is expected days later.

The case centers on FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s approval of $2 million of FIFA money that Platini got in 2011 as backdated salary.

Both deny wrongdoing, but acknowledge there was only a verbal agreement which they say is valid under Swiss law. However, FIFA was not required to pay Platini when more than five years elapsed since the work was completed.

The timing of the payment, which was not disclosed to the FIFA and UEFA executive committees, also raised suspicion. Platini was paid in February 2011, three months before a FIFA presidential election which Blatter won.

Both men face sanctions for a range of potential FIFA Code of Ethics violations, including bribery, conflicts of interest and false accounting.



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