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Platini launches appeal against six-year ban

Michel Platini is currently banned from all football-related activity. Credit: PA

Michel Platini has taken his appeal against his ban from football to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

CAS announced on Wednesday that the Frenchman was challenging the suspension from football at a national and international level, which last week was reduced from eight years to six by Fifa's Appeal Committee.

Michel Platini has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision issued by the FIFA Appeal Committee on 24 February 2016.

In appealing to the CAS, Michel Platini seeks to annul the decisions taken by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee and by the FIFA Appeal Committee which lead to him being declared ineligible to take part in football-related activity at national and international level for six years.

A CAS arbitration procedure is in progress. First, the parties will exchange written submissions and a panel of three arbitrators will be constituted. The Panel will then issue directions with respect to the holding of a hearing. Following the hearing, the Panel will deliberate and on a later date, it will issue a decision in the form of an Arbitral Award.

– CAS statement


Gianni Infantino vows to 'restore Fifa and the image of Fifa'

Gianni Infantino was elected in the second ballot. Credit: Reuters

New Fifa president Gianni Infantino has vowed to "restore Fifa and the image of Fifa" after being elected to lead football's world governing body.

In a speech moments after his election, he told the Fifa Congress in Zurich that football had gone through "sad times and crisis", but said: "Those times are over, now we need to go forward."

Mr Infantino, a Swiss lawyer of Italian origin, thanked the other candidates and the members of the Congress who voted.

"I cannot express my feelings in this moment," he said.

"We will restore Fifa and the image of Fifa. We have to be proud of Fifa and everybody has to be proud of Fifa."


Gianni Infantino elected as new Fifa president

Gianni Infantino received 115 votes. Credit: PA

Gianni Infantino has been elected as the new president of Fifa in the second round of the vote.

Mr Infantino secured 115 votes, having need 104 to win.

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa came second with 88 votes.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein received four votes, but there were none for Jerome Champagne.

No outright winner in first round of Fifa president vote

Fifa candidates (l-r): Prince Ali Bin Hussein, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa. Credit: Reuters

There was no outright winner in the first round of the Fifa presidential election.

Needing a two-thirds majority to be elected - or 138 votes - Gianni Infantino came closest with 88 votes.

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa came a close second, with 85 votes.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein received 27 votes, while Jerome Champagne only got seven.

There will now be a second ballot, in which candidates need to obtain half the votes to be elected president.

Tokyo Sexwale pulls out of Fifa presidential election

Tokyo Sexwale made the announcement in his speech to the Fifa Congress. Credit: Reuters

Fifa presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale has pulled out of the election before the first round of voting.

Mr Sexwale, a South African anti-apartheid activist, made the announcement in his speech to the Fifa Congress.

"I have got a surprise for you," he said. "My campaign ends today and I suspend my participation. With only four people, it is your problem now."

Candidates make final pitches for Fifa presidency

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa is one of the frontrunners. Credit: Reuters

Fifa presidential candidate Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa has told members his record "speaks for itself".

Speaking ahead of the vote at the Fifa Congress, Sheikh Salman, one of the favourites for the presidency, said: "Everyone knows me around Fifa as a president of a confederation, a vice-president of Fifa. My track record speaks for itself."

He added: "Trying to close the gap between the smaller countries and bigger ones is vital and its a priority for us to help the smaller nations."

Gianni Infantino told the gathering: "Destiny, which brought me to start the journey, an exciting journey, a fantastic journey. Five months ago I was not thinking of being a candidate but many things have happened."

Fellow contender Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein said "football has thrived but Fifa has floundered", adding: "I am the only candidate who has consistently demonstrated a real commitment to a new style of leadership"

Jerome Champagne bemoaned the fact that no debate took place between the candidates - something he asked for.

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