CAS rejects Platini appeal, UEFA president to miss EURO 2016 draw
Michel Platini will not attend the EURO 2016 finals draw in Paris on Saturday as his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was rejected on Friday.
The president of UEFA, Platini, 60, was suspended for 90-days in October alongside FIFA president Sepp Blatter amid corruptions claims into a payment of $2 million between the pair which was made in 2011, many years after Platini worked for Blatter as an adviser.
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Platini and Blatter have both denied wrongdoing and will have separate hearings with FIFA’s ethics committee next week. A verdict is expected on Dec. 21 where they will find out their fate.
One of the greatest players in France’s history, Platini appealed his 90-day ban from soccer activity so he could be present in Paris on Saturday for the group stage draw of the 2016 European Championships in his home country, something he was influential in organizing and helping the French bid become successful.
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However, Platini will now be watching on from a TV somewhere, as the head of European soccer’s governing body will not be leading the what many thought would be one of his finest moments as he delivered the European Championships to his home nation.
Platini’s ultimate aim is to replace long-term friend Blatter as FIFA’s president and he is still listed as a candidate for the next presidential elections on Feb. 26, 2016, with Blatter stepping down after over 17 years in charge and leaving behind a trail of corruption with dozens of FIFA officials currently charged by U.S. or Swiss authorities or in the process of being extradited to the U.S. by the government.
But, and it’s a big but, if Platini is found guilty of corruption by FIFA’s ethics committee in the next 10 days, he will likely receive a lifetime ban from the sport.
And that, my friends, will be that.