Clock ticking; Platini lodges the CAS appeal
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