Michel Platini set to learn verdict in his appeal against suspension

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Michel Platini will discover on Friday if his appeal against his 90-day provisional ban from FIFA's ethics committee has been successful.

Platini has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the suspension and if successful it means the UEFA president will be able to attend the Euro 2016 draw in Paris.

FIFA's ethics committee is to hear a disciplinary case against the Frenchman next week over a ?1.3million payment he received in 2011 from FIFA, signed off by Sepp Blatter. Platini insists the 2million Swiss franc payment was owed from an oral agreement he made with Blatter when he started working as FIFA's technical advisor in 1998.

The CAS panel said it would announce its decision on Platini's appeal at 0900 GMT on Friday, but whichever way it decides it will not take a position on his guilt or innocence in the FIFA ethics committee case.

The Euro 2016 draw is close to Platini's heart - the tournament is to be played in his home country but unless the ban is overturned he will miss the biggest event in the build-up.

Next week's FIFA ethics committee hearing could impose lifetime bans on both Platini and Blatter if corruption is proved, and shorter bans for lesser offences.

The timing of the 2011 payment has raised suspicions in that it was made only a few months before Blatter was standing again for the FIFA presidency. Both Blatter and Platini deny any wrongdoing.


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