Embattled UEFA President, Michel Platini has vowed to go to court to fight an eight-year ban handed down to him by FIFA’s independent Ethics Committee.
Both the head of European football and Sepp Blatter, the former FIFA president, are planning to appeal, with Platini labelling the ban a “masquerade”.
“The decision is no surprise to me: the procedure initiated against me by FIFA’s ethics committee is a pure masquerade,” he said in a statement.
“It has been rigged to tarnish my name by bodies I know well and who for me are bereft of all credibility or legitimacy.”
The Frenchman said his conscience was clear and that he would challenge the decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
“I will fight this to the end,” he said.