Dec 31, 2015

    Platini may face more trouble over Dubai event


    BANNED Uefa president Michel Platini could face further investigation from Fifa's Ethics Committee after attending an awards ceremony and conference in Dubai despite being barred from "all football activity".

    The head of the European football body was handed an eight-year ban from the game by the Ethics Committee on Dec 21, along with banned Fifa president Sepp Blatter. He is appealing the decision and insists he has done no wrong.

    The ban relates to a payment of two million Swiss francs (S$2.85 million) made by Fifa to Platini in 2011, nine years after he finished working as a consultant to Blatter.

    On Sunday, Platini attended the Globe Soccer Awards organised by the Dubai Sports Council in Dubai, along with football stars such as Lionel Messi and Andrea Pirlo.

    The Frenchman was photographed at the event and also made comments regarding his ban to the Italian media while in Dubai.

    A spokesman for the Ethics Committee declined to comment on the specific case but said: "In general terms, the Investigatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee of Fifa investigates any alleged breach of the Ethics Code of Fifa."

    A spokesman for Platini did not respond to a request for comment.

    The Dec 21 Ethics Committee ruling stated that Blatter and Platini were banned "for eight years from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) on a national and international level. The bans come into force immediately".

    Platini has said that he will fight the ban through the appeals process, which is likely to end up with the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    He has also been fiercely critical of the decision and the Ethics Committee itself.