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Platini to appeal FIFA ban with CAS

EUROPEAN soccer chief Michel Platini will take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after global soccer body FIFA’s ethics committee rejected his appeal against a provisional 90-day ban, his spokesman said yesterday.

“After having exhausted internal procedures at FIFA, (the rejection of the appeal) will allow Michel Platini to take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, a serious, independent court that is free of the electoral context and pressures present at FIFA,” Platini spokesman Jean-Christophe Alquier said in a statement. “In the meantime, he stays a serene and determined candidate for the presidency of FIFA.”

Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Platini lost their appeals against provisional 90-days bans FIFA’s ethics committee, FIFA said earlier in the day. The provisional bans prevent Blatter from working as FIFA president and stop Platini from campaigning for the FIFA election on February 26. The rulings were expected as the appeals panel rarely overturns verdicts by FIFA judicial bodies.



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