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FIFA takes note of European Court of Human Rights’ decision concerning Michel Platini!

FIFA has taken note of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights to reject the appeal of Michel Platini, which the Court considered to be manifestly ill-founded. This judgment is in line with the decision of FIFA’s Ethics Committee, which was confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sports and also by the Swiss Federal Tribunal.

FIFA will continue to seek restitution of the CHF 2 million unduly paid by former FIFA President Joseph Blatter to Mr. Platini back in February 2011.

The judgement of the European Court of Human Rights said,

In its decision in the case of Platini v. Switzerland (application no. 526/18) the European Court of Human Rights has unanimously declared the application inadmissible. The decision is final.

The case concerned Michel Platini, a former professional football player, president of UEFA and vice-president of FIFA. Disciplinary proceedings had been brought against him in respect of a salary “supplement” of 2 million Swiss francs (CHF), received in 2011 in the context of a verbal contract between him and FIFA’s former President. He was suspended from any football-related professional activity for four years and fined CHF 60,000.

The Court found in particular that, having regard to the seriousness of the misconduct, the senior position held by Mr Platini in football’s governing bodies and the need to restore the reputation of the sport and of FIFA, the sanction did not appear excessive or arbitrary. The domestic bodies had taken account of all the interests at stake in confirming the measure taken by FIFA, subsequently reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Lastly, the Court noted that the applicant had been afforded the domestic institutional and procedural safeguards allowing him to challenge FIFA’s decision and submit his arguments in his defence.

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