Michel Platini will discover if he has a future among football’s power-brokers on Monday when the verdict of his appeal against a six-year ban from the sport is announced.
UEFA president Platini and his FIFA counterpart Sepp Blatter were given eight-year bans from all football by FIFA’s ethics committee last December.
Those sanctions were reduced to six years by a FIFA appeals panel in February but both men immediately took their cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
With Platini desperate to continue as European football’s boss, his case has moved more quickly than Blatter’s.
The 60-year-old former France international had an eight-hour hearing at what is often referred to as sport’s supreme court on Friday, April. 29, with Blatter among the witnesses.
The verdict is due to be published on the Lausanne-based body’s website at 10 a.m. BST.
At the hearing, a relaxed Platini said: “We’re at the beginning of the game, a new game, in the final. Of course, I am optimistic that we are going to win.”
What such a win, if it comes, may look like is of huge significance to UEFA, and, to a lesser degree, FIFA, which is now run by Platini’s former right-hand man, Gianni Infantino.
The case centres on a payment of two million dollars, worth £1.25 million at the time, made by Blatter’s FIFA to Platini in 2011 for consultancy services provided from 1998 to 2002.
The timing of the payment coincided with Platini confirming he would not oppose Blatter’s re-election as the head of world football’s governing body, but both men have insisted that was not a factor.