Lausanne - UEFA president Michel Platini has made a formal appeal against his
six year ban from football at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS),
the tribunal said on Wednesday.
The French football legend has also
asked the CAS to give a decision before the European Championships in
France, which would enable him to attend if he is successful, the
tribunal secretary general said.
Platini and former FIFA
leader Sepp Blatter were banned for six years each over a two million
dollar payment made by FIFA to Platini.
The ban against the two
football powerbrokers was reduced from eight years by a FIFA appeal
committee on February 24. But Platini, 60, has said he wants to fight
the ban further.
Blatter has said he will also appeal but the tribunal said no documents had yet been received.
appealing to the CAS, Michel Platini seeks to annul the decisions taken
by the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA ethics committee and by the
FIFA appeal committee which lead to him being declared ineligible to
take part in football-related activity at national and international
level for six years," said a CAS statement.
"A CAS arbitration procedure is in progress.
"First, the parties will exchange written submissions and a panel of three arbitrators will be constituted."
The panel will consider a verdict after a hearing in Lausanne.
theory we have four months for a verdict, but Michel Platini has asked
us for a decision before the start of Euro 2016 so we will adapt to the
request of the parties," CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb said.
was a key figure behind staging the European Championships in his
native country and is desperate to be present when it starts in Paris on
Platini and Blatter were found guilty of conflicts of
interest when Blatter approved a $2 million payment to Platini in 2011 for consultancy work done
without a contract a decade earlier.
He has denied any wrongdoing
insisting there was an oral contract. Swiss prosecutors are
investigating the payment however and Blatter, 79, is a formal suspect.
Platini had been favourite to take over from Blatter but the ban demolished his hopes.
deputy at UEFA, Gianni Infantino, won the election for the FIFA
presidency on Friday. Platini hopes to keep his post at UEFA if he can
win his appeal.
The Frenchman went to CAS in December when he appealled against his provisional suspension by FIFA. This was turned down.