Michel Platini believes he will be vindicated after again vowing to clear his name in the face of an eight-year ban from football, which was handed down by the FIFA Ethics Committee amid what he claims to be part of a “plot” against him.
The rules governing CAS stipulate that a request for arbitration can be submitted after undertaking all appeal procedures within FIFA’s Ethics Committee against the eight-year ban from all football-related activities imposed on both suspended presidents. Both males instantly denied any wrongdoing and stated they might attraction to the Swiss-based mostly Court of Arbitration for Sport.
CCTV’s Dan Williams reviews FIFA’s year. “They deserted me. I am now exclusively fighting for myself and my honour”.
“My lawyers are ready and I will fight my battle at all sporting levels and I will go to the civil courts if necessary”.
In addition to the lengthy bans, Blatter and Platini have been fined 50,000 and 80,000 Swiss francs respectively.
Blatter had come out swinging against the ban, saying that he was sorry only that the president of Federation Internationale de Football Association was being treated as a “punching ball” and adding: “I will fight for me and I will fight for Federation Internationale de Football Association”.
On the subject of Blatter, Platini said: “The last time I saw him was two months ago after we were removed”.
Switzerland’s prosecutor can also be investigating FIFA’s award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals to Russian Federation and to Qatar, a small, rich desert nation with no actual soccer custom.
In the United States, prosecutors have indicted 27 current or former football officials over allegations that they ran bribery schemes connected to the sale of television rights for football competitions.