Suspended UEFA president, Michel Platini’s appeal against his six-year ban from soccer was being heard at sport’s highest tribunal on Friday with former FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, among the witnesses.
Platini, who arrived in a taxi for the hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), is hoping that the ban will be overturned in time for the Euro 2016 tournament holding in France, Reuters reported.
CAS said a decision could even be made as early as next week, depending on how the day-long hearing progresses.
Platini, who was favourite to succeed Blatter as president FIFA before he was banned, was mobbed by reporters and cameramen as he entered the building in a leafy Lausanne suburb.
He was banned for eight years in December along with Blatter over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2.08 million) made to the Frenchman by FIFA in 2011 for work done a decade earlier.
FIFA’s ethics committee, which imposed the ban, said the payment, made at a time when Blatter was seeking re-election, lacked transparency and presented conflicts of interest.
Both men denied wrongdoing.
Both had their bans reduced to six years by FIFA’s Appeal Committee in February after it took into account their services to the game.