Lausanne - The international sports
tribunal will on Monday rule on Michel Platini's final appeal against a
six-year ban imposed by FIFA and decide whether he can return as UEFA
Platini was banned for "conflict of
interest" over a suspect $2 million payment authorised by former FIFA
leader Sepp Blatter.
Platini and Blatter have been the two
highest profile figures to fall over the scandals that have hit FIFA.
If the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
upholds his appeal, Platini would return as UEFA president.
That would allow him to officiate over the
start of European Championship finals that start in his native France on June
10. Platini was a key organiser up until his suspension in December.
The French football legend, UEFA president
since 2007, acknowledged when he went to the CAS tribunal on April 29 that if
he failed "the story is over."
The Lausanne-based tribunal is to release
its verdict at 11:00.
Rejection of the appeal would also mean
UEFA holds its key competition without a leader.
The UEFA executive is to meet in Basel on
May 18, before the Europa League final, either to welcome back Platini or to
decide its next move.
UEFA has never named an interim president
during Platini's suspension, leaving senior vice president Angel Maria Villar
of Spain to fill in.
UEFA officials say an election for a
president would take at least one month to organise. Several national
associations say they would prefer to have a proper three month campaign which
could push any vote back to a UEFA meeting to be held in Athens in September.
Platini and Blatter have both denied any
wrongdoing over the 2011 payment made without a contract for consulting work
carried out a decade earlier. They say there was an "oral contract."
Blatter is still under criminal
investigation in Switzerland over the payment and other aspects of his
management of FIFA.
Platini has given evidence with the status
of someone between a suspect and a witness, according to Swiss officials.
He had been considered a favourite to take
over from Blatter as FIFA leader, but the scandal forced him to withdraw from
As a player, Platini, 60, won the European
Cup with Juventus and captained the France team that won the European
Championship in 1984. He retired three years later and is still considered one
of the greatest players in football history.