Platini wants €7.2m of back pay despite being banned by ‘idiots’

November 11 – Former UEFA president Michel Platini is taking action to obtain substantial amounts of back pay as well as a significant bonus.

Platini’s four-year suspension from football ended in October and the former France international is seeking to recoup around €7.2 million, including €5.5 million in back pay, according to AFP quoting unnamed sources.

Platini did not confirm the amounts but conceded: “Through my lawyer, I am asking for the contractual elements to be applied.”

Platini was expected to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president in 2016 but fell spectacularly from grace a few months earlier when he was suspended over receiving CHF2 million from Blatter in 2011 when Blatter was seeking re-election.

The money was for work carried out by Platini between 1999 and 2002 but the Frenchman has always insisted he did nothing wrong.

Platini is reportedly seeking €5.5 million of back pay “for the period from 2016 to 2019” while the €1.8 million bonus is apparently linked to organisation of Euro 2016 in his homeland.

In an interview with Swiss television channel RTS last month, Platini insisted he would resurrect his career.

“I don’t know where, I don’t know how. But I can’t go out of the game on the back of a ban, even if it’s a ban made by idiots,” he said.

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