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Michel Platini has labelled FIFA’s decision to uphold his ban from all football related activity as a “political decision”.
Platini, the former UEFA president, and Sepp Blatter had their appeals against their bans rejected by the FIFA appeals committee today but the bans were reduced from eight years to six.
Both Blatter and Platini have signalled their intention to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
However, in a statement, Platini said the ruling is “insulting and shameful” and insisted that he is the victim of a conspiracy to stop him running in Friday’s FIFA election.
"It is an insulting decision, shameful and a denial of rights," he said.
"I am the victim of a system which has only one main objective: to prevent me presenting myself for the FIFA presidency in order to protect certain interests that I was about to question.
"In reality, it is a political decision taken by a bureaucracy that has no counterweight at the heart of its organisation. I'll take all possible recourse, starting with CAS. I've asked my lawyers to get on to it immediately.
"I'll fight this all I can to prove my innocence, to have my rights reinstated and to determine who are the people responsible for this cabal. If, as I think, this injustice profits certain people, then that would be called a scandal.
"I thank the 54 European associations making up UEFA for their trust and their support and all those who have shown me their friendship during the past months. They believe in me. They are right."