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Platini vows to tell ‘truth’ at ban appeal

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.
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