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FIFA violated 'all the principles of a fair trial' - Michel Platini's legal team

Michel Platini's legal team believe the UEFA president has not been treated fairly but are still confident that he will have his ban lifted in time for next year's FIFA election.

On Wednesday, Platini and FIFA president Sepp Blatter saw their appeals against their 90-day bans rejected by world football's governing body. 

The suspensions were initially imposed by FIFA's ethics committee on Oct. 8 after it emerged that a £1.35 million payment made by FIFA to Platini was being investigated by Swiss authorities.

Both men denied any wrongdoing but they have confirmed that there was no written contract for the payment, which they said related to work that the former France international did for Blatter at least nine years previously.

Thomas Clay, a member of Platini's legal team, had not expected the former Juventus midfielder to be cleared by FIFA's appeals committee.

"It's a kind of grand slam of violations of all the principles of a fair trial," Clay told L'Equipe. "I've never seen that, even in totalitarian countries. It's outrageous.

"Michel Platini wasn't able to explain himself because he was heard by an investigator who doesn't listen to anyone and judged by an appeals committee made up of people who all live in completely different time zones.

"In fact, there's a clear willingness to do everything to prevent Michel Platini from standing in the FIFA presidential election on Feb. 26."

Platini's lawyers are also unhappy that the appeals committee apparently came to their decision on Nov. 3 but that it took over two weeks to communicate it to their client.

Platini has now taken his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland and Clay is confident that the case will be viewed differently by a more "impartial and independent" body.

"It's probable that the CAS will reverse FIFA's judgement," he said. "What's happening to Michel Platini is a Kafkaesque trial.

"Someone says to him that he's suspended, they don't say why, and then they ask him to prove his innocence."


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