Michel Platini's football ban appeal rejected by European Court of Human Rights

5 March 2020

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Photo: PA Images The Frenchman had an eight-year ban from football imposed upon him in 2015 for accepting an "unexplained payment" worth £1.35 million from the former FIFA president, Sepp Blatter.

The former head of UEFA and vice president of FIFA was banned from football for four years for accepting an "unexplained payment" from the former FIFA president, Sepp Blatter.

Though Platini's ban expired in September last year, the former French footballer sought to establish his innocence through the European Court of Human Rights.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has rejected an appeal against a ban from football by the former head of UEFA and vice president of FIFA, Michel Platini, declaring his case "manifestly ill-founded."

The Frenchman had an eight-year ban from football imposed upon him in 2015 for accepting an "unexplained payment" worth £1.35 million from the former FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, though Platini claimed the sum was a legitimate salary payment. 

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