Clock tick­ing; Pla­tini lodges the CAS ap­peal

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PARIS: 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 yes­ter­day. 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 yes­ter­day. One of the lawyers, Thibaud d’Ales, said he ex­pected a CAS de­ci­sion by the end of Novem­ber. Part of the FIFA ethics com­mit­tee in­quiry is into a two mil­lion dol­lar 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. —AFP

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