Michel Platini Loses Appeal Against Football Ban

The Swiss Federal Tribunal, the highest legal institution in that country, has rejected an appeal by Michel Platini against his four-year ban from football activities.

The initial ban imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Platini, the former president of Uefa, football’s European governing body, blocked the Frenchman from participating in the February 2016 presidential election at Fifa, the sport’s global administration.

The Swiss court said that the ban did “not appear to be manifestly excessive.”

Platini was found not to have been entitled to a CHF2m ($2m) payment in backdated salary in 2011, apparently for working as an adviser to Sepp Blatter, then the president of Fifa.

Platini and Blatter, who both denied any wrongdoing, claimed that they had a verbal agreement in place for the payment. However, both received bans.

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