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Platini to attend ban appeal


Michel_Platini_2010FIFA vice-president Michel Platini will attend a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing on Tuesday for an appeal against a 90-day suspension, his entourage said.

The appeal is part of a new campaign by Platini to get back into the election for a new FIFA leader on February 26.

The 60-year-old Frenchman will go to the CAS tribunal in Lausanne with his lawyers on Tuesday, an aide told AFP.

CAS has promised a decision on his appeal by Friday “at the latest.”

FIFA’s ethics committee in October suspended Platini, head of European football governing body UEFA and a FIFA vice president, from all football activities for 90 days after he was linked to a criminal probe by Swiss prosecutors.

According to Platini’s lawyers, FIFA’s ethics watchdog wants the French football legend banned for life.

Platini has gone to CAS in a bid to get the suspension temporarily lifted. The Frenchman and FIFA president Sepp Blatter will appear before a FIFA appeal committee on December 16-18 for the main challenge against their 90 day suspensions.

Blatter is the target of a criminal mismanagement investigation by Swiss prosecutors. Platini has been questioned over a two million Swiss france($2 million) payment he received from FIFA in 2011 for work done a decade earlier.

Both men deny any wrongdoing.

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