Uefa president Michel Platini has started his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne against his six-year ban from football.
Platini and former Fifa counterpart Sepp Blatter were last year barred from the sport after being found guilty of ethics breaches over a $2m (£1.3m) “disloyal payment” between the pair in Switzerland
Both men, denied wrong doing, they had the ban cut from eight years to six years, but Platini wants the sanction annulled.
A decision is likely to come early next week. The three-member Cas panel judges the former France player’s case afresh and has the option of imposing a life ban for corruption.
Fifa’s ethics and appeal committees ruled there was no enough evidence to prove that the said amount was a bribe, but said both men demonstrated an “abusive execution” of their positions. It will be recalled that Blatter and Platini had told the panel that they acted in line with the provisions of the Swiss law, which allows financial transaction to take place without documentation.
Blatter, 80, is likely to attend the hearing to give evidence about the Fifa payment he approved for Platini, 60, in 2011 as backdated, uncontracted salary.
Blatter’s appeal against his six-year ban will be heard at a later date.
In the mean time, Gianni Infantino has succeeded Blatter as new FIFA president, while Angel Maria Villar has been named as UEFA acting president.