Platini starts fight against Fifa ban ‘injustice’

Michel Platini has spoken of his want to fight against injustice as he launches his appeal against a Fifa-imposed ban from football.

The Uefa president was suspended in December for eight years from all football-related activity more than a ‘disloyal payment’ of ?ê1.3m created to him in 2011 which had been authorised by FIFA president Sepp Blatter. The pair were suspended for eight years, but each deny any wrongdoing and have launched appeals against their sanctions.

Arriving for his hearing with FIFA’s appeals committee in Zurich, Platini said: ‘I am not fighting for my future, I’m fighting against injustice.

‘If I had something to reproach myself for, I’d be hiding in Siberia in shame.

‘I will appear persons in the eyes, I have carried out nothing at all and I fear nothing at all. I am 60 years old and I in no way had a red card on the pitch.’

Blatter is also appealing against his personal eight-year ban, with his case to become heard on Tuesday.

If Platini fails to possess his ban overturned, it will not be the end on the saga, with him anticipated to take a final appeal for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Platini continued: ‘Is it Blatter who put me within this scenario? Not at all, he’s within the very same circumstance as me. An individual pushed the button and I’ll try to discover who.’

Uefa stated final month that it’s going to not hold an election for its presidency until Platini’s appeals procedure has been completed. The Fifa appeals committee, which can be chaired by Larry Mussenden, the president with the Bermuda Football Association, has the energy to cut down, raise or overturn the ban imposed in December.

And also the ban, Platini was fined 80,000 Swiss francs (around ?ê54,000) by the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee after being located guilty of breaching the globe governing body’s code of ethics.

Each Platini and Blatter mentioned the payment was produced after the pair produced a verbal agreement more than function carried out by Platini on behalf of Fifa between 1998 and 2002. However, Platini was not paid until 2011 and neither celebration has satisfactorily explained why there was a nine-year gap between services rendered and payment getting made.