UEFA President Michel Platini arrives for a hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in an appeal against FIFA's ethics committee's ban, in Lausanne, Switzerland April 29, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
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UEFA's fallen chief Michel Platini mounted a final challenge against his six-year ban from football Friday in an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with ally-turned-foe Sepp Blatter testifying for FIFA.If CAS overturns the ethics violation verdict imposed by FIFA judges, then Platini could be at the Stade de France for the Euro 2016 opener between hosts France and Romania on June 10 .The Frenchman has been sanctioned over an infamous two million Swiss franc ($2 million, 1.8 million euro) payment he received in 2011 from then-FIFA president Blatter.Blatter said he was questioned by FIFA lawyers, Platini's camp and a panel of judges.Blatter and Platini, once the most powerful figures in world football, were once considered strong allies but their relationship publicly frayed as Blatter repeatedly refused to cede the FIFA presidency.The CAS consists of three legal experts, one each representing Platini and FIFA and a president.
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