Michel Platini is asking for money from UEFA

The former head of European football is demanding the payment of salary arrears, a bonus and legal fees. His lawyer is considering "bringing proceedings" to the labor tribunal against UEFA.

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Michel Platini was suspended at the end of 2015, for a four-year term, by the FIFA Ethics Committee for a payment of 2 million Swiss francs (1.8 million euros) that had been made by the predecessor of the FIFA, Sepp Blatter, in 2011. SEBASTIAN DERUNGS / AFP

Back in the foreground for a month, after four years of suspension, Michel Platini multiplies the counter-attacks. The former player said Friday, November 8 at Agence France-Presse (AFP), he claims the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), body he led between January 2007 and October 2015, the payment of salary arrears and a bonus "Provided for in his contract" as well as the payment of legal fees.

"The bonus was something the head of finance owed to the president for the organization of the Euro"says Platini. As for lawyers' fees, "It was when I was president and UEFA promised to pay them".

AFP, relying on sources familiar with the matter, says that Michel Platini is asking for salary arrears of 5.5 million "The period from 2016 to 2019", a bonus of 1.8 million "For its contribution to the success of Euro-2016 in France" and the payment of 636,000 euros in legal fees.

If he insists ask "through (his) lawyers, the application of the contractual elements "the person concerned ensures that the amounts "Are wrong".

"We asked for a salary balance, which we believe was contractually due", added in an email to AFP Vincent Solari, lawyer of the former Ballon d'Or. "We did not claim the bonus you indicate, nor in the state a salary amount such as the one you mention, but much less"tempered the lawyer.

Mr. Solari added that he was going "Probably have to initiate a procedure" to the labor courts "Because UEFA, after long delay, just told us that it disputed this claim, without any motivation".

Complaint against X admissible

A few days ago, the complaint against X that had filed Michel Platini in September 2008, for "Slanderous denunciation" and "Criminal conspiracy to commit the crime of slanderous denunciation", had been found admissible by the Paris Public Prosecutor's Office.

This complaint aims to shed light on the conditions of its suspension decided by the Ethics Committee of the International Football Federation (FIFA) and which forced him to renounce to run for the presidency of this body, in January 2016. Michel Platini believes he was the victim of a conspiracy.

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At the end of its preliminary inquiry, the French justice system has officially denounced the facts In the Federal Department of Justice and Police of the Swiss Confederation. Swiss investigators will have to conduct hearings and reconstruct the gear that led to the fall of the former captain of the Blues.

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