UEFA’s member associations have called for a “rapid decision” on the FIFA ethics case involving its suspended president Michel Platini.
In a statement following a meeting in Nyon, UEFA issued a statement saying the case and the whole appeals process should be completed by mid-November.
The statement said: “We support Michel Platini’s right to a due process and a fair trial and to the opportunity to clear his name.
“We strongly call on all instances involved in the current process: FIFA’s ethics committee, FIFA’s appeal committee and ultimately the Court of Arbitration for Sport to work very rapidly to ensure that there is a final decision on the merits of the case by, at the latest, mid-November 2015.”
UEFA’s general secretary Gianni Infantino told a news conference in Nyon that it was agreed that the FIFA presidential election on February 26 “cannot and should not be delayed”.
He added on Platini: “We need to have a final decision. The rest is speculation, and condemnation without due process and it is a bit unfair.”
Infantino also criticised the “leaks” that had come out about the case.
He added: “What’s really disappointing is all the leaks coming out. It’s not fair that you [the media] know before the person who is accused or suspended. It’s not what we call fair process or trial, it just pushes a condemnation without a decision and this is not correct.”