LKK partners Antonio Rigozzi and Sébastien Besson, together with associates William McAuliffe and Fabrice Robert-Tissot, represented FIFA in the CAS proceedings brought in February 2016 by UEFA’s then president, Michel Platini.


On 26 February 2016, Mr Platini appealed against a FIFA Appeal Committee decision sanctioning him with a six year ban in connection with a CHF 2 million payment in 2011 based on an alleged agreement concluded with ex-FIFA President Sepp Blatter in 1998/1999.


A three-member Panel composed of Professors Jan Paulsson, Bernard Hanotiau and Luigi Fumagalli (presiding) unanimously upheld FIFA’s position that Mr Platini had obtained an undue advantage in breach of Article 20 of the FIFA Code of Ethics and was guilty of a conflict of interest within the meaning of Article 19 of the FIFA Code of Ethics. On this basis, the Panel confirmed the sanction for a reduced duration of four years.


For more information on the Panel’s decision pending the publication of the reasoned award, please refer to the press release issued by the CAS on 9 May 2016.