Banned Platini says fighting `injustice` at FIFA appeal

Johannesburg, Feb.15 (ANI): Suspended UEFA president Michel Platini has said that he is fighting injustice that has happened to him as he appears before the FIFA’s headquarter to appeal against the eight-year ban.

Platini, along with his FIFA counterpart Sepp Blatter, have been serving a ban from all football-related activities over claims that the former had received a ‘ disloyal payment ‘ of 1.35 million pounds from the outgoing president in 2011.

Both Platini and Blatter later refused all the allegations levied against them, saying that the payment was made following an oral agreement between the pair.

Reflecting on his decision to file an appeal, the 60-year-old highlighted that if the evidence against him had been credible then he would have been hiding in shame, Sport24 reported.

Platini, however, dismissed that Blatter was responsible for his current situation, saying that the latter himself had been battling to clear his name.

In case the FIFA Appeal committee rules against him, the UEFA president might take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.

In addition to the lengthy bans, Blatter and Platini have also been fined 50,000 and 80,000 Swiss francs respectively.

Earlier, Platini had also withdrawn his name from the race of becoming the next FIFA president, saying he is dedicating himself towards getting his name cleared from the controversy.

With Platini’s withdrawal, five candidates are now left in the race for the election namely Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, the UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino, Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman, former diplomat Jerome Champagne and South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale. (ANI)

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