Shocked public opinion is following with great attention the various events of world football. Hardly anyone can believe how Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini especially the second which is clearly a man of football, there will be for the next eight years to deal with the sport they loved and adored. The Ethics Committee of FIFA after examining carefully the recent months all information in its possession, held that the two gentlemen should no longer be involved in the fields of sport.
According to the chairman of the Ethics Committee and Ethics Hans Joachim Eckhart both men and very old ace of the French and European football, Michel Platini was unable to prove that he found and more reason received the sum of 1, 2 mil. Euros 2011.
Indeed Platini checked and four other potential violations: Mismanagement, conflicts of interest, false accounting and non-cooperation with the Ethics Committee. That is why a few days before the time of his presence before the Ethics Committee, Friday, December 18, stated that he would not give now, as I did. In the committee´s lawyer presented Platini , Thibault D´Ales who simply read out a statement of his client.
“I decided not to come to present my explanation face to face. For one reason, and only one: I´ve already decided, I already found guilty,” said the old top of the French football midfielder and now president of UEFA.
The issue but after the punishment of eight years imposed on Platini is particularly serious. Platini was intended, according to all polls and analysts as the man who could succeed Blatter in the global federation. But as evolved and things are going the evolution begins moving away day by day.
Already earlier in the morning Friday, December 12 had lost its appeal to the Arbitration Court of Lausanne which allowed even the temporary lifting of the ban to deal with football for 90 days. He wanted to attend the draw for the final phase of the European Championships held at Palais de Congress in Paris. He wanted to be in the draw that took place in his homeland.
But I was not done. And a few days later came the exclusion punishment of 8 years of football. Something that now deprives the opportunity not only to stay in the room of his favorite football but to command the very position of the leading factor in the world, the president of FIFA. Unless something changes dramatically, then on February 26, Platini will attend the election from afar, not from Zurich to be conducted.
Platini, however, still claims that he is innocent and has no confidence in the disciplinary bodies shown bias and did not respect the confidentiality nor the presumption of innocence.
Platini has not presented a paper showing that received the amount of 1, 2 mil. To offer his services to Blatter in his capacity as personal adviser. It is said that this paper has already been confiscated by the Attorney General of Switzerland in order to examine it to see whether it is true or false.
France disputes the decision
Meanwhile Monday, December 21 the Minister of Sports of France, Patrick Kanner publicly questioned the legitimacy of FIFA´s ethics committee. The French see that the punishment of eight years imposed on Platini seriously jeopardize the prospect of their fellow citizen, Michel Platini to become the next president of the World Federation.
Mr. Kanner said that continued support for Platini and raises the question whether there had been a fair hearing by a committee entirely different, not from the current what would be the result. Indeed, he noted Kanner the radio Europe 1
“We know very well that FIFA´s ethics committee was very close to former directors, mainly in Sepp Blatter perhaps dragging him down, gripped and likely successor. I´m sorry about this because Michel Platini is in a sense what was chasing him. He was able to defend himself on equal terms? I´m not convinced”.
Platini, who always has the support of UEFA will continue the battle as it allegedly determined to proceed in civil court and demand compensation for the decision affecting him.
On the other hand, Sepp Blatter says he too innocent and even openly railed against the United States, saying: “If they had won the right to the United States to host these World Cup 2022 now we would not have arrived here.” Leaving clear peaks for the US intervention in the matter of FIFA.
The fact is that football has been hurt too much, more natural the face of FIFA, the High Authority of football and now everyone is waiting to see how things develop, and as they approach the elections of February …
Sepp Blatter: Timeline of a life in sport
** Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter was handpicked for FIFA while a marketing executive for Swiss timing company Longines. The man who ‘spotted’ him was Horst Dassler, scion of the family which turned Adidas from a German footware company into a worldwide brand. Dassler recommended Blatter to the newly-elected president of FIFA, Joao Havelange, to fill the fill the role of development director.
Born: Visp, Switzerland, March 10, 1936
Education: College de Sion and St Maurice; University of Lausanne: Bachelor of business administration and economics from the Faculty of Law 1962
1963: amateur footballer for FC Salgesch
1964: Appointed general secretary of the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation
1970: Becomes director sports timing and public relations for Longines, involved in organisation of the 1972 and 1976 Olympics Games
1975: Appointed FIFA’s director technical development programmes bringing to life president Joao Havelange’s initial projects for world youth competitions
1981, November: Appointed FIFA general secretary
1990: Appointed FIFA chief executive officer
1994: Awarded Olympic Order
1998 – March 27: Declares intention to run against UEFA leader Lennart Johansson for FIFA president. June 8: Elected FIFA president (and re-elected in 2002, 2007 and 2011)
2015 – May 29: Re-elected as FIFA president.
June 2: Announces a decision to “lay down my mandate” after generating a series of reform proposals.
August 3: Resigns as a member of the International Olympic Committee. September 24: Subjected to a criminal investigation by the Office of the Attorney-General over allegations of financial misconduct in office.
October 8: Suspended for 90 days by the FIFA ethics committee pending an investigation into allegations of breaches of the Code of Ethics.
December 17: Protests his innocence before ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert.
December 21: Banned from football for eight years and fined SFr50,000.