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Blatter arrives at press conference after eight-year ban

Outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter has arrived at a press conference after being slapped with an eight-year ban by the footballing body's ethics committee.

Sporting a plaster on his face, Mr Blatter refused to answer questions from the crowd of journalists as he made his way into the building in Zurich.


Platini won't attend Fifa ethics committee on Friday

Michel Platini is under heavy scrutiny. Credit: PA

Suspended Uefa president Michel Platini will not attend a Fifa ethics committee hearing on Friday, his lawyers have confirmed.

The Frenchman won't be present for the hearing as he is protesting against his suspension from his current role.

Platini could be given a life ban, with the former footballer concerned he won't be given a fair trial, according to French media reports.

Lawyers for Platinit claim the "verdict is already announced" over claims he received a £1.35 million "disloyal payment" from Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

Platini loses appeal to lift 90-day football ban

Platini lost his appea. Credit: PA

UEFA president Michel Platini will miss the Euro 2016 finals draw in Paris on Saturday after failing in his bid to have his provisional 90-day ban from all football activity lifted.

The 60-year-old Frenchman had lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to lift the suspension but the court upheld the sanction imposed by FIFA's ethics committee.

That same committee is to hear a disciplinary case against the Frenchman next week over a £1.3million payment he received in 2011 from FIFA, signed off by the world governing body's president Sepp Blatter. Platini insists the 2million Swiss franc payment was owed from an oral agreement he made with Blatter when he started working as FIFA's technical advisor in 1998.

The Euro 2016 draw is close to Platini's heart, with the tournament being played in his home country, but Friday's ruling by CAS means he will miss the biggest event in the build-up.

Platini vows to be honest in front of ethics committee

Michel Platini vowed to "tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth" on arriving at the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Tuesday to appeal his 90-day ban from Fifa.

Strong words from Michel Platini. Credit: Reuters

The suspended UEFA boss hopes sport's highest court will halt his ban by Friday, to allow the former France captain to return to his campaign for the Fifa presidency.

Platini faces a lengthy ban from Fifa's ethics committee over a 2million Swiss franc payment (£1.3million) he received from the game's global governing body in 2011, that was signed off by president Sepp Blatter.

Platini insists the payment was the result of a verbal agreement made with Blatter - who is also facing ethics charges - 13 years earlier.

Platini is quoted by French newspaper Le Parisien as saying:

I will tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, I swear. You know I don't like injustices. I hope I've been heard well. My lawyers have been very good. Will I be at the Euro 2016 draw in Paris on Saturday? I'll ask (the CAS judges).

– Michel Platini

Platini and Blatter will both appear before the adjudicatory chamber of Fifa's ethics committee between December 16 and 18, with a decision announced before Christmas.


Fifa investigating 'heavily critical' dossier on Platini

Fifa are investigating a 'heavily critical' dossier about Michel Platini. Credit: PA

Fifa confirmed on Monday that they will investigate the alleged distribution from their headquarters of an anonymous heavily critical 'dossier' on Uefa president Michel Platini following a complaint from European soccer's governing body.

"Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke has received a letter from Uefa regarding the said subject," said Fifa in a statement emailed to Reuters.

"In his answer to UEFA, the Fifa Secretary General has confirmed that Fifa is investigating the matter."

Rival criticises Fifa presidency candidate Platini

Michel Platini has been described as a "product of the system" by one his fellow Fifa presidency candidates.

Chung Mong-Joon, a former Fifa vice-president from South Korea, confirmed he would challenge for football's top job last week.

A long-time critic of outgoing president Sepp Blatter, Chung has called for a non-European to be elected president.

Chung Mong-Joon doesn't want Platini as president. Credit: PA

He told BBC's World Football programme: "It will be very difficult for Mr Platini to have any meaningful reforms. Mr Platini enjoys institutional support from the current structure of Fifa. Mr Platini is very much a product of the current system.

"It is time that Fifa had a non-European leadership. Fifa became a closed organisation for President Blatter, his associates and his cronies and I want to change that.

"If I get elected, my job is not to enjoy the luxury of the office. My job is to change it."

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