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CAS Gives Platini ‘Red Card’

Posted: May 10, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Peter Edema

LAGOS – Hopes of Mitchel Platini, former UEFA president, returning to football administration ended on Monday as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), in Lausanne, refused to overturn the six year ban imposed on him by FIFA for breaching its ethics code.
Rather, CAS only reprieve was reducing his (Platini) six-year ban to four. CAS in its ruling in the appeal filed by Platini upheld the finding against him over charges arising out of an issue of financial misconduct imposed by FIFA. His fine was also slashed to SFr 60,000.
Platini would, however, not exercise his right of appeal to the Swiss Federal Court, as he decided to step down as head of UEFA.
Platini was suspended for eight years from all football activities by FIFA’s ethics committee last December over his acceptance of a SFr2m ‘disloyal payment’ from FIFA, on the authority of former president, Sepp Blatter.
The Frenchman and Blatter claimed the payment, made in 2011, was for work the Frenchman had undertaken for FIFA nine years earlier by a verbal agreement.
However, the CAS panel said it was “not convinced by the legitimacy of the payment [which] was not based on any document established at the time of the contractual relations and did not correlate with the alleged unpaid part of his salary.”
The CAS statement added that Platini “benefited from the extension of a pension plan to which he was not entitled” and that his “behaviour was not ethical or loyal.”
The suspension, cut first to six years by FIFA’s own appeal committee, prevented Platini from standing for the FIFA presidency in succession to Blatter who was duly succeeded instead as the head of world football by Gianni Infantino, who had been Platini’s general secretary at UEFA.
Platini appealed to CAS protesting his innocence of charges which he said were politically motivated.
Blatter’s appeal against his own ban will be heard separately at a later date.