By Dion Kombeng – EM TV Sports, Port Moresby
The head of European soccer, Michael Platini, has vowed to fight a decision made by the Independent Ethics Committee of FIFA in court, to ban him for eight years.
Calling it a ‘pure masquerade’.
Michael Platini is not alone, Sepp Blatter, the former FIFA president is also appealing the eight year ban.
They were both banned and fined for ethics violations in connection with a CHF2 million, swiss franc which is over K6 million, payment made by FIFA to Platini in 2011, at a time Blatter was seeking re-election.
Platini was a favourite to succeed Blatter as President of FIFA until he was suspended in October.
Platini said his conscience was clear and that he would challenge the decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sport and ultimately seek damages in civil proceedings.
“I will fight this to the end,” he said.
In a separate statement, FIFA said it “acknowledges the decisions of the independent Ethics Committee and has no further comment.”