Platini Vows to Fight 'Injustice'
Michel Platini told AFP in an interview on Tuesday that he is determined to fight for the FIFA presidency and to clear his name after being banned for eight years.
Platini and Fifa chief Sepp Blatter were suspended by Fifa's ethics committee over a 2 million Swiss franc ($2 million/1.8 million euro) payment made to Platini in 2011 for work carried out between 1999 and 2002.
Corruption charges against the two men were dropped by the Fifa court, but they were found guilty of "abusive execution" of their powers and a conflict of interests.
The Frenchman was informed by Fifa on Tuesday evening that he must take any appeal to them first before being able to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
That means, even if he does clear his name, his chances of meeting the January 26 deadline to submit his candidacy for the Fifa presidency are extremely slim.