Michel Platini, the head of European soccer’s governing body, after a hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Tuesday

Michel Platini has appealed against his eight-year ban from football.FIFA’s ethics tribunal on Saturday provided world football governing body president Sepp Blatter and vice-president Platini with the reasons for their decision to ban them for eight years, clearing the way for both to appeal the decision.

Platini’s lawyer Thibaud d’Ales said the UEFA president had received the reasons behind the ban stating that an appeal was on the way.

In December, the ethics tribunal banned Blatter and Platini for eight years, saying they had abused their positions over a $2 million payment made to Platini in 2011 for work carried out between 1999 and 2002.

Both have said there was an oral contract for the payment and insist this is legal under Swiss law and FIFA regulations.

This was rejected by the FIFA ethics court in their ruling.
It said the payment had “no legal basis in the written agreement signed between” Blatter and Platini in August 1999.

Blatter, who has headed FIFA since 1998, confirmed on Sunday he also intends to appeal.

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