Platini to meet prosecutor over FC Sion dispute
UEFA President Michel Platini is preparing to be interviewed by
a Swiss criminal prosecutor to explain why FC Sion was expelled
from the Europa League.
UEFA said Friday that Platini would respond to a challenge
leveled by Sion, which is fighting national and international
football authorities on several legal fronts after fielding players
it signed in the offseason in apparent breach of a FIFA transfer
Sion president Christian Constantin filed a criminal complaint
in UEFA’s home canton (state) of Vaud after the European football
authority ignored a civil court ruling last week that suggested his
club should be reinstated.
”We are happy that Michel Platini should go and meet the Vaud
prosecutor and explain UEFA’s position,” UEFA said in a
UEFA could not confirm Sion claims that Platini and his general
secretary Gianni Infantino must be interviewed in person on Oct.
19. The maximum penalty would be a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs
Also Friday, Sion learned details that its next – but likely not
last – appearance at the Court of Arbitration for Sport will be
CAS said it will hear Sion’s parent company’s appeal next
Wednesday against a Swiss league ruling to block registrations for
its six new players at the center of the dispute.
Sion has said it will launch a second challenge at CAS when UEFA
provides the club with detailed reasons for the Europa League
exclusion. UEFA dismissed Sion’s appeal last week and reinstated
Celtic after the Scottish club protested that it lost in the
playoff round to a Sion team fielding ineligible players.
In another case, Sion and UEFA lawyers will meet in a Vaud civil
court next Tuesday. Judges will examine the full evidence following
the interim ruling, when UEFA was not represented in court, that
Sion should regain its Europa League place.
UEFA’s appeals panel rejected that provisional measure and an
emergency committee led by President Michel Platini insisted Celtic
must play, and begin the group program against Atletico Madrid. The
Spanish side won 2-0 and tops a group that also includes Udinese
UEFA and football’s world governing body FIFA argue that Sion
flouts their rules each time it seeks justice at a non-sporting
However, Sion has secured favorable decisions in civil courts,
including against the Swiss league. A judge’s interim judgment to
qualify the players has been obeyed by the league pending the CAS
Sion’s opponents have filed protests when the six players have
played in matches.
Sion is second in the league after beating Grasshoppers 2-0 on
Thursday, with disputed players Pascal Feindouno and Mario Mutsch
scoring the goals.
The legal saga began when Sion broke FIFA transfer rules by
luring Egypt goalkeeper Essam el-Hadary, who broke his contract
with Al-Ahly in 2008.
FIFA’s decision to impose a one-year transfer ban was upheld by
CAS and Switzerland’s supreme court.