Now Platini takes ban appeal to European Court of Human Rights
Michel Platini, the former president of Uefa, is to appeal against his ban from soccer to the European Court of Human Rights.
The 62-year-old Frenchman is serving a four-year suspension imposed by the Fifa ethics committee for what was deemed to be a wrongful payment he received from Sepp Blatter, the former head of the global game, in 2011.
He has already failed with appeals to Fifa, the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the Swiss courts to have the ban quashed.
In an email to AP, Platini, who also served as a Fifa vice-president, said: “I want justice. I haven’t done anything wrong. I want my integrity to be acknowledged. With this plea to the European Court of Human Rights, I am contesting all of the sanctions from Fifa and CAS. I will not give up.”
He submitted an appeal to the court in Strasbourg last month.
Platini was initially banned for eight years only to have the suspension cut to six years by the Fifa appeals committee and to four years by CAS.
In July, the Swiss supreme court dismissed his latest appeal against the ban, which is due to end in October 2019.
The suspension prevented him from standing to replace the disgraced Blatter as Fifa president, a position that instead went to former Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino, in an election in 2016.
Blatter is serving a six-year ban over the SFr2-million ($2.14 million) payment made to Platini, which the two men claimed was for consultancy work the Frenchman carried out for Fifa between 1998 and 2002.