Tuesday 23 January 2018

UEFA calls for quick decision in FIFA ethics case involving Michel Platini

Michel Platini faces being banned for 90 days
Michel Platini faces being banned for 90 days

Martyn Ziegler

UEFA's member associations have called for a "rapid decision" on the FIFA ethics case involving its suspended president Michel Platini.

In a statement following a meeting in Nyon, UEFA issued a statement saying the case and the whole appeals process should be completed by mid-November.

The statement said: "We support Michel Platini's right to a due process and a fair trial and to the opportunity to clear his name.

"We strongly call on all instances involved in the current process: FIFA's ethics committee, FIFA's appeal committee and ultimately the Court of Arbitration for Sport to work very rapidly to ensure that there is a final decision on the merits of the case by, at the latest, mid-November 2015."

UEFA's general secretary Gianni Infantino told a news conference in Nyon that it was agreed that the FIFA presidential election on February 26 "cannot and should not be delayed".

He added on Platini: "We need to have a final decision. The rest is speculation, and condemnation without due process and it is a bit unfair."

Infantino also criticised the "leaks" that had come out about the case.

He added: "What's really disappointing is all the leaks coming out. It's not fair that you [the media] know before the person who is accused or suspended. It's not what we call fair process or trial, it just pushes a condemnation without a decision and this is not correct."

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