Paris, Mar 29 (AFP) Disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini has labelled the judges who banned him from office as “rubbish” and claims he will be “proved right”. Also Read - Giant Images of Prophet Mohammed Appear on French Govt Building

The former France and Juventus legend had his initial eight-year FIFA ban, for receiving an illegal payment of 2.0 million Swiss francs (1.8 million euros, USD 2 million) from former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, reduced by two years by judges from the European Court of Human Rights in January. Also Read - French Teacher Beheaded For Displaying Caricatures of Prophet Mohammed in Class, President Macron Calls it ‘Terrorist Attack’

But although it was reduced again by two years to four years following an appeal to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the 62-year-old maintains the ruling — which prevents him from working in football until October 2019 — remains unfair. Also Read - This Country Witnesses Second Wave of COVID-19 Infection, Announces Curfew in Big Cities | Read Here

“I can’t accept losing when I’ve done nothing wrong. They’ve stopped me working in football for four years! Who are these clowns who’ve stopped me?” said Platini.

“The rubbish judges from FIFA and CAS are not real judges.” Platini’s suspension scuppered his plans to succeed Blatter as head of FIFA, which is now run by former UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino. (AFP) AH AH

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.