Geneva - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter will testify during Michel
Platini's appeal against his ban from football, following a request from
world football's governing body, a source close to the case said on
Platini, the suspended head of European football
confederation UEFA, will challenge his six-year ban at the Court of
Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland on Friday.
will testify on Friday, at the request of FIFA", said a source who was
not authorised to discuss the case publicly, but confirmed the
information first reported by L'Equipe newspaper.
FIFA's ethics judges found Platini guilty of ethics violations, conflict
of interest and other offences in connection with a $2 million payment he received from Blatter in
Both men claim the payment was part of a legitimate oral
contract for consulting work that Platini did between 1999 and 2002, but
FIFA's in-house court found that explanation unconvincing.
pair were first suspended for eight years in December, but a FIFA
appeals panel reduced the bans to six years in February, citing
UEFA has said it will not replace
Platini until all his appeals are exhausted, while CAS has indicated it
would rule on the Frenchman's case before the June 10 start of the Euro
2016 tournament, which is being hosted by France.
If Platini's appeal is successful, he could reclaim his UEFA post in time to preside over the tournament.