“If I had anything to reproach myself for, I would be hiding in Siberia in shame,” Platini said.
Suspended UEFA president Michel Platini has appealed his eight-year ban by the FIFA ethics committee in his “fight against injustice” on Monday afternoon.
“I've done nothing and I'm not afraid of anything,” Platini told reporters after his hearing. “If I had anything to reproach myself for, I would be hiding in Siberia in shame.”
Sepp Blatter and Platini were suspended from their posts as FIFA and UEFA presidents last October amid an ongoing investigation of alleged mismanagement of FIFA funds by the organization's ethics committee.
In December, the ethics committee judges said they found Blatter’s controversial $2 million payment to Platini in 2011 to be evidence of conflict of interest and disloyalty to FIFA and banned both officials for eight years.
Blatter and Platini have consistently denied any wrongdoing, and Blatter has held that the 2011 payment related to Platini's work in 2002 as the FIFA president's adviser.
Bermuda Football Association president Larry Mussenden oversees the FIFA appeals committee, which will determine whether or not to reduce, increase or overturn the suspensions.
- Christopher Chavez