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Michel Platini in Zurich for eight-year Fifa ban appeal hearing

Suspended Uefa president Michel Platini has walked into Fifa headquarters in Zurich to appeal against his eight-year ban over a two million US dollars (£1.38 million) payment approved by Sepp Blatter.

Mr Platini declined to be driven past waiting media and strolled from his nearby hotel into the main entrance.

The former Fifa presidential hopeful denies wrongdoing and is challenging sanctions imposed in December.

Fifa's ethics committee found Mr Platini guilty of accepting gifts, conflicts of interest and breaching loyalty and general conduct rules. He was fined 80,000 Swiss francs (£56,000).

Ethics judges said Mr Platini's argument was "not convincing" that a verbal contract entitled him to get uncontracted salary for work as Mr Blatter's presidential adviser between 1999 and 2002.

The Fifa appeals committee, which rarely overturns rulings, could give its verdict this week. Mr Blatter's appeal hearing is on Tuesday.


From Belfast Telegraph