Platini optimistic of victory at CAS

The suspended UEFA president was banned after being found guilty of involvement in financial misconduct.

Suspended Uefa President Michel Platini on 7 October, 2013. Picture : AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended UEFA President Michel Platini is confident his appeal against his six-year ban from football will be lifted.

Platini was banned by Fifa in December after being found guilty of involvement in financial misconduct in 2011.

One of the witnesses in Platini's case is former Fifa President Sepp Blatter, who was also banned in December for the same offence.

Platini is hoping the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) lift his six-year ban from all football related activities in time for the European championships in June.

He appeared before the sports tribunal today and believes that he will win his case.

The former Fifa vice president was booted out of world football after the Fifa ethics committee found that he was unduly paid by Platter in 2011 for services rendered.

Judgment in the case is expected early next week.