Lausanne : FIFA vice-president Michel Platini vowed to tell “nothing but the truth” before appearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in a bid to halt a 90-day suspension by football’s world body. The appeal is part of a campaign by the 60-year-old Frenchman to get back into the election for a new leader of scandal-tainted FIFA to be held on February 26. Platini appeared before the CAS tribunal in Lausanne with his lawyers in a bid to get the suspension ordered in October provisionally lifted.
“I will say nothing more than I have already told you: the truth, all the truth and nothing but the truth,” Platini told reporters with a half smile before entering the tribunal. He was accompanied by his Paris-based lawyers Thibaud d’Ales and Thomas Clay. FIFA was represented by Swiss lawyer Antonio Rigozzi. Sport’s highest appeal court has promised a decision by Friday “at the latest.” FIFA’s ethics committee suspended the boss of European confederation UEFA in October after he was linked to a criminal probe by Swiss prosecutors.