Platini arrives at FIFA for 8-year ban appeal
15 February 2016, 14:06
Zurich — Suspended UEFA President Michel Platini has walked into FIFA headquarters to appeal against his eight-year ban over a $2 million payment approved by Sepp Blatter.
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 Platini guilty of accepting gifts, conflicts of interest, and breaching loyalty and general conduct rules. He was fined 80,000 Swiss francs ($81,000).
Ethics judges said Platini's argument was "not convincing" that a verbal contract entitled him to get uncontracted salary for work as Blatter's presidential adviser from 1999-2002.
The FIFA appeals committee, which rarely overturns rulings, could give its verdict this week.
Blatter's appeal hearing is on Tuesday.
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