UEFA boss Platini lodges CAS appeal
Paris, November 20
In a last ditch bid to overturn a 90-day ban and thereby run for the FIFA presidency Michel Platini lodged an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), his lawyers said today.
The move comes after a FIFA appeal committee on Wednesday rejected the French UEFA supremo’s joint bid with Sepp Blatter to overturn their suspensions which run until January 5 while Swiss police pursue a criminal investigation. “Michel Platini’s appeal to the CAS has been lodged,” the former Juventus star’s lawyers confirmed on Friday.
One of the lawyers, Thibaud d’Ales, said he expected a CAS decision by the end of November. Part of FIFA ethics committee inquiry is into a $2 million payment made by FIFA to Platini in 2011 for work he had carried out a decade earlier.
The suspension has been a severe blow to Platini’s hopes of winning a FIFA presidential election in Zurich on February 26 when Blatter stands down after 17 years in the post. The ban from all football-related activity means that the Frenchman cannot campaign in the presidential race against the five confirmed candidates, who have already passed required integrity tests. Platini enjoys some powerful support in his bid, but the suspension has blown the FIFA race wide open.