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Platini to boycott Fifa ethics hearing on corruption




Suspended Fifa vice-president Michel Platini will boycott an ethics committee hearing into allegations of corruption tomorrow.

Lawyers for the Frenchman, who is also president of Uefa, believe the “verdict is already announced”.

He is accused of receiving a £1.35m “disloyal payment” from Fifa president Sepp Blatter – who is also banned and facing ethics charges over the claim.

Both deny wrongdoing and were due to have personal hearings on Friday.

Blatter, 79, has compared the investigation against him to “the Inquisition”, while 60-year-old Platini’s attempt to lift his 90-day provisional ban from football denied by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 11 December.

A verdict could come as early as 21 December, although both men could then submit further appeals.

Platini still hopes to be a candidate to replace the outgoing Blatter in the world football governing body’s presidential election on 26 February – but can only stand if he is cleared.

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