Platini at FIFA for appeal over eight-year ban

Platini at FIFA for appeal over eight-year ban
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Michel Platini
Michel Platini

UEFA president Michel Platini Monday went to the Zurich headquarters of football governing body FIFA Monday to appeal against an eight-year ban from football.

Platini and outgoing FIFA president Joseph Blatter were banned in a ruling by the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee on December 21 over ethics breaches concerning a "disloyal payment" of 2 million Swiss francs (about 2 million dollars) made to Platini in 2011.

Blatter's appeal against his eight-year ban is due to be held by the FIFA appeals committee on Tuesday.

"I'm not fighting for my future, but against injustice," Platini said as he arrived at FIFA headquarters.

"If I had anything to reproach myself, I would be in Siberia to hide in shame."

Former France playing star Platini, 60, has denied any wrongdoing and also intends to take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.

The hearings come just over a week before FIFA is due to elect a new president in Zurich on February 26.

Platini had intended to run for the FIFA presidency, but withdrew his candidacy last month following the ban.

Blatter and Platini are ruled to have breached FIFA articles relating to offering and accepting gifts, a conflict of interest, loyalty and general rules of conduct.

In its December ruling, the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee said both Blatter and Platini "did not show commitment to an ethical attitude, failing to respect all applicable laws and regulations as well as FIFA's regulatory framework" and demonstrated "an abusive execution" of their positions within FIFA.

In addition to his ban, Platini was fined 80,000 Swiss francs (81,100 dollars).

It is thought the FIFA appeals committee could make a ruling this week.

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