Suspended Uefa President Michel Platini arrived at his appeal hearing on Monday saying that he is fighting not for his future but “against injustice”. Platini, 60, was banned for eight years by the world governing body’s Ethics Committee in December, as well as President Sepp Blatter.
Both were found guilty of breaches surrounding a £1.3m ($2m) “disloyal payment” to Platini. “I’ve done nothing and I’m not afraid of anything,” said the Frenchman. “If I had anything to reproach myself for, I would be hiding in Siberia in shame.” Blatter’s appeal against his own ban is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday.