The Platini hearing follows an appearance at the same FIFA court by world football's suspended president Sepp Blatter, who spent more than eight hours at FIFA's Zurich headquarters being questioned in a corruption case that may end his career.
     
Both Blatter and Platini, a FIFA vice president, were suspended in October after Swiss prosecutors opened a criminal investigation looking partly into a USD 2 million/1.8 million euros payment made to Platini in 2011 for work carried out about a decade earlier.
     
The two men, once the most powerful figures in world football, face longer suspensions in a verdict expected from FIFA ethics judges early next week. Platini has said the verdict has been decided in advance and he will therefore not show up. He will be represented by his lawyers.
     
FIFA's ethics judges have dismissed Platini's claims of a pre-determined verdict and pledged to review the evidence against him fairly. Before his own hearing, Blatter launched similar criticisms against the FIFA court but still appeared in his own defence, accompanied by his Zurich-based lawyer Lorenz Erni.

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