UEFA awaits Platini verdict
NYON, Switzerland (AP):
UEFA is ready to run a fast-track presidential election to replace Michel Platini if he fails to overturn his six-year ban.
With the Court of Arbitration for Sport aiming to give Platini an appeal verdict in May, UEFA could call an election meeting before June 10, when the European Championship kicks off in Paris.
"It is possible after we have the decision from CAS," UEFA legal director Alasdair Bell said yesterday, adding that current rules requiring a three-month election campaign "can be shortened."
The UEFA executive committee confirmed yesterday that no potential election process would begin until Platini's legal challenge at CAS is completed.
Platini's appeal against his six-year ban for conflict of interest taking a US$2 million payment from FIFA approved by then-president Sepp Blatter in 2011 was filed this week at the sports court in Lausanne, Switzerland.
CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb told The Associated Press this week that a two-month timetable was realistic for the case.
"Whenever there is a decision we can immediately hold an executive committee meeting and go to an accelerated process for the election," said Theodore Theodoridis, who UEFA appointed interim general secretary yesterday.