True to his word, Michel Platini has appealed a Fifa ver dict banning him from participating in football activities for eight years. The decision was handed the UEFA president Platini and Fifa president Sepp Blatter. Platini, a former French international, is seeking to succeed Blatter, currently serving a suspension. 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. Blatter and Platini alluded to an oral contract, which they said was legal under Swiss law and FIFA regulations. This was rejected by the FIFA ethics court in their ruling.
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