Share

Michel Platini files lawsuit in France in FIFA case


Michel Platini expects Sepp Blatter to attend as a witness in his appeal against a six-year FIFA ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday. (Source: File)

  • Michel Platini says cleared by Swiss authorities, plans returnMichel Platini says cleared by Swiss authorities, plans return

    Michel Platini says cleared by Swiss authorities, plans return

  • Not just AB de Villiers: 10 surprisingly early retirements in sportNot just AB de Villiers: 10 surprisingly early retirements in sport

    Not just AB de Villiers: 10 surprisingly early retirements in sport

  • Michel Platini’s biggest fan earns soccer memorabilia recordsMichel Platini’s biggest fan earns soccer memorabilia records

    Michel Platini’s biggest fan earns soccer memorabilia records

Convinced he was the victim of a plot, former UEFA president Michel Platini has filed a lawsuit in France in a bid to prove that former FIFA officials conspired to get him banned from soccer. Platini’s communications team told The Associated Press on Friday that the former France great has filed the suit. The Le Monde newspaper reported that Platini filed a complaint for “slanderous denunciation” and “criminal conspiracy to commit the offense of slanderous denunciation.”

Platini was banned by FIFA in 2015 for financial misconduct in relation to a $2 million payment authorized by former FIFA president Sepp Blatter. In May, Swiss federal prosecutors confirmed he was not being charged in an investigation into possible financial wrongdoing. Since September 2015, he had the status of “between a witness and an accused person” in criminal proceedings opened against Blatter.

Platini wants to find out how the information about the payment was submitted to Swiss prosecutors, and believes it was the result of an internal leak as part of a strategy aimed at preventing him from being elected FIFA president.

Platini’s lawyer, William Bourdon, told the AP that French justice officials have opened a preliminary investigation into the case. A judicial official with knowledge of the case said Platini’s lawsuit is currently “being analyzed.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official is not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

He said the $2 million payment for Platini’s work as a presidential adviser for Blatter from 1998-2002 was “regular and transparent whereas some have pretended to acknowledge the idea that it was a baseless and hidden remuneration.”

HOT DEALS

“There are strong indications of a conspiracy aimed at bringing down Michel Platini,” Bourdon said.

According to Le Monde, former FIFA legal head Marco Villiger, former FIFA audit and compliance committee chairman Domenico Scala and Blatter are suspected by Platini of orchestrating his fall. “These three names are among a group of persons who should be heard,” Bourdon said.

Must Watch

  • Weekly Auto Wrap: 2018 Hyundai Santro, Tata Tigor facelift and more explained,videoWeekly Auto Wrap: 2018 Hyundai Santro, Tata Tigor facelift and more explained,video

    Weekly Auto Wrap: 2018 Hyundai Santro, Tata Tigor facelift and more explained

  • #metoo movement,ficci,india's #metoo,mj akbar,sexual harassment,video#metoo movement,ficci,india's #metoo,mj akbar,sexual harassment,video

    MJ Akbar better positioned to speak on allegations of sexual harassment: Smriti Irani

  • Kapil Sharma and Gurpreet Ghuggi revisit their school days  ,videoKapil Sharma and Gurpreet Ghuggi revisit their school days  ,video

    Kapil Sharma and Gurpreet Ghuggi revisit their school days

  • jalebi,jalebi movie cast,jalebi movie review,jalebi movie songs,jalebi song,videojalebi,jalebi movie cast,jalebi movie review,jalebi movie songs,jalebi song,video

    Jalebi vs Helicopter Eela: Audience Review

For all the latest Sports News, download Indian Express App

  • Andrew Jennings and Grant Wahl tried to take on Sepp Blatter, were taken down by system

    Andrew Jennings and Grant Wahl tried to take on Sepp Blatter, were taken down by system

  • Michel Platini backs re-vote for 2022 World Cup

    Michel Platini backs re-vote for 2022 World Cup