Date set for FIFA Platini hearing

2015-12-04 11:51
Michel Platini (AFP)

Lausanne - The FIFA ethics committee will question Michel Platini "most likely between December 16 and 18", a source close to football's world governing body said on Friday.

Platini's lawyer said at the end of November that the ethics body's investigatory chamber wants the UEFA chief banned for life over a suspect $2.0-million payment he received from FIFA's now suspended leader Sepp Blatter in 2011.

Platini and Blatter "have asked to be heard, and this will be granted," a source close to FIFA said.

"Michel Platini will be heard most likely between December 16 and 18".

The 60-year-old Frenchman, until recently the favourite to take over football's world governing body, is set to appear before the FIFA ethics committee's adjudicatory chamber.

No further information has been released from Blatter's legal team concerning his own hearings.

Like Platini, Blatter was handed a provisional 90-day suspension on October 8 while an investigation is held into the suspect payment.

That has ruled the one-time France international player out of the race for the FIFA presidency to be decided in the election on February 26.

The investigation, alongside a US bribery inquiry and a Swiss probe into the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, has plunged FIFA into it’s worst-ever crisis.

Blatter is also under investigation by Swiss authorities for 'criminal mismanagement' over the payment to Platini, ostensibly for consultancy work completed nine years earlier.

Swiss authorities are treating Platini as a witness in the case, rather than a suspect.

Both men have denied any wrongdoing but admit there was no contract for the work or payment.

Platini has appealed against his suspension at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with a source close to the case saying that decision will be taken "in the coming days".

Blatter's lawyers have not indicated whether or not the suspended FIFA chief has appealed against his own suspension before the CAS.

He has 21 days to make an appeal, with the deadline falling around December 9.

Read more on:    fifa  |  michel platini  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2016/17 season?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.