Tuesday 21 August 2018

Michel Platini will have to 'buy a private ticket' to attend Euro 2016

UEFA President Michel Platini
UEFA President Michel Platini

Martyn Ziegler

Michel Platini will be able to attend matches at Euro 2016 in France next summer despite his FIFA ban - but only if he buys a ticket as a fan.

The UEFA president has - along with Sepp Blatter - been banned from all football-related activity for eight years by FIFA's ethics committee, which prohibits him accepting invitations as a VIP or working for a television station as a pundit.

The bans do not prevent the Frenchman and Blatter attending matches in a private capacity however - it would contravene Europe's human rights code to try to impose a ban on that.

A source close to FIFA's ethics committee told Press Association Sport: "They can go to the matches but only as a private person. They can buy a private ticket but they cannot accept any invitations into the VIP area. They cannot work for TV stations making commentaries either."

Platini had championed the 2016 tournament being held in his home country but was unable to attend the draw in Paris earlier this month.

His appearance at games will also be restricted, unless he wins an appeal, and he will not be allowed into any of the official UEFA seats.

Blatter told a news conference he would not be prevented from going to matches. He said: "To suspend the president of FIFA and say they cannot go a football match, this is absolutely wrong and does not apply."

Noel Le Graet, the French Football Federation president, has slammed the sanctions.

He said: "Michel Platini's suspension is shocking and saddens me. It seems unbelievable. But it does not surprise me as the ethics commission had already announced that Michel would be suspended for several years. Michel's guilt was decided in advance."

Press Association

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