FIFA presidential candidate and UEFA president Michel Platini claims his reputation has been ‘dragged through the mud’ by the 90-day suspension handed him by the World Football governing body’s ethic committee.
The UEFA boss who still wants to succeed Sepp Blatter as Fifa president is suspended as Fifa studies reports he received a £1.35m payment from Blatter in 2011.
The 60-year-old told French newspaper Le Monde he had done nothing wrong and “certainly still wants to” stand in the Fifa presidential election in February.
“It’s shameful to be dragged through the mud like this.
“I have been suspended for three months, but what annoys me the most is being tarred with the same brush as the others.
“My lawyers are following the Fifa proceedings and will take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if needs be.
“I don’t think I have lost many votes with these scandals,” he added. “People who know me know that I can look myself in the mirror.
“I don’t like to lose. Especially not on the basis of a scandal that isn’t one.” Platini stated.
Platini who has been president of European football’s Uefa since 2007, was tipped to replace Blatter.