Platini 'happy' after FIFA committee hearing
The fallen head of European football, Michel Platini said he was "happy" following his marathon hearing before FIFA's appeals committee on Monday where he protested against the "injustice" of his eight-year ban from the sport for ethics violations.
Platini's hearing will be followed on Tuesday by that of suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who was also hit with an eight-year ban. The former France captain arrived at FIFA's Zurich headquarters at 10:30 GMT and left eight-and-a-half hours later saying he was "happy with the way it went".
"It was a good hearing, well led by sincere people. I was heard by people who are part of the football family. Now we'll see how it goes," he told journalists.
"I am not fighting for my future, but against injustice," Platini said. "If I had anything to feel guilty about, I would be in Siberia, hiding in shame," added Platini, also a former FIFA vice president.