Michel Platini will not be present at his hearing on Friday in front FIFA’s ethics committee where he faces charges of corruption, conflict of interest and noncooperation.
The UEFA president’s lawyer has said in a statement that the Frenchman will not be in attendance as a protest.
“Michel Platini… has decided not to attend his hearing at the FIFA ethics committee on 18 December 2015 as the verdict of this ethics committee has been announced in the press last weekend by one of its spokespersons, Mr Andreas Bantel, in disregard of all fundamental rights, starting with the presumption of innocence.
“By this decision Michel Platini means to express his deepest indignation with a process he regards as solely political and intended to prevent him from standing for the Fifa presidency.”
Platini’s hearing is set for Friday, with a verdict expected to be rendered on Monday. Martin Glenn, chief executive for the English Football Association, said that even if Platini is cleared of the charges, it would be tough to endorse him.
“I think Blatter has gone anyway, and from a personal point of view I think that whatever happens to Michel Platini, and I genuinely think that UEFA has been well-run under his watch, we just need someone where there is no doubt,” Glenn told the Guardian.
“FIFA and football need to change and need to be seen to be changing, so I think it would be difficult if that accusation was not totally laid to rest and I think it’s quite hard to do that, so I think it would be difficult.”
FIFA president Sepp Blatter is also facing charges and he will go up in front of the ethics committee on Thursday.