Football: Platini loses appeal against ban

Michel Platini, the former President of UEFA and Vice President of FIFA, has had his appeal against his four-year ban on all football activities turned down by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, the highest judicial authority in the country.

The Court held on 6 July, 2017 that the ban, which had been reduced from six-years to four years on appeal to CAS, was not, in the particular circumstances of the case, “manifestly unjust” and should, therefore, stand.

It will be recalled that the case arose over a sum of Sw. Frs. 2 million (£1.3 million) paid, under a verbal contract, by Sepp Blatter, the former President of FIFA, to Platini for work allegedly done for FIFA, which was held by the FIFA Ethics Committee in 2015 not to be legal, as it was a so-called ‘disloyalty payment’.

It is reported that Platini is not taking the Swiss Court’s ‘no’ for an answer and is to pursue other judicial avenues, without stating what these avenues might be.

Perhaps he may take his case to the European Court of Human Rights. If so, on what grounds?

 

Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw

ian.blackshaw@orange.fr