Platini confirms appeal, French ready for court move

Sat Oct 10, 2015 11:35am EDT
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - Suspended UEFA president Michel Platini lodged an appeal with FIFA against his 90-day ban from the game on Saturday while French soccer's governing body said it would back him if he went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The Frenchman, who hopes to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president at an election due in February, was suspended on Thursday along with Blatter pending their investigation by FIFA's independent ethics committee.

Both men deny wrongdoing but the suspension of the two most powerful leaders in world football has thrown FIFA into deeper turmoil as U.S. and Swiss authorities probe graft allegations.

A spokesman for Platini confirmed he had formally appealed his suspension, which South America's football confederation called "disproportionate" and "untimely".

The French Football Federation (FFF), meanwhile, said it would back Platini if he eventually went to the Lausanne-based CAS in the case that FIFA's appeal committee upheld the ban.

CAS is a quasi-judicial body that resolves disputes in sport, often between individuals and disciplinary bodies.

"The FFF has adopted the principle of an appeal if the decision of the FIFA appeal committee does not go Michel Platini's way," a federation spokesman told Reuters.

The federation expects FIFA's appeal committee to reach a decision on the matter within eight days.   Continued...

Michel Platini attends a news conference in Monte Carlo, Monaco August 28, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Files