I’ve been kicked in the teeth! Platini vows to fight eight-year ban from football

first_imgMichel Platini has blasted FIFA’s ethics committee and vowed to fight to overturn his eight-year ban from all football-related activity.The UEFA chief and FIFA president Sepp Blatter, the two most powerful men in world football, were sensationally kicked out of the sport on Monday.The pair were found to have abused their positions over a £1.3m ($2m) “disloyal payment” made to Platini by Blatter in 2011 following an investigation by FIFA’s ethics committee.The charges found proven included offering and accepting gifts, conflict of interest, and violating their fiduciary duty to world football’s governing body.Blatter pleaded his innocence on Monday and announced he will appeal the suspension, and Platini has followed his lead.The Frenchman, who had been due to stand for the FIFA presidency, said:  “What was the Fifa ethics committee doing between 2011 when I was paid and 2015? Was it sleeping?“Ah yes, it wakes up in a FIFA election year when I’m a candidate. It’s amazing!”Speaking to AFP, he added: “I will fight. But then I’ll take my responsibilities according to what happens.“Whatever happens, my reputation has been sullied, I’ve been kicked in the teeth: I’ve been put in the same bag as Blatter.“I’m struggling to understand. Why? How did we get to this? I did some work, I asked to be paid, I sent an invoice, I was paid, I paid my taxes on that. That was in 2011,” he said.“There was a debt that was settled, full stop! Then, in 2015, the Swiss court wanted more information.“Then it took off at FIFA and a lot of people at FIFA are happy that this issue happened. And here I am, suspended from all football-related activity for eight years.” 1 Michel Platini last_img read more