FC Sion want Michel Platini arrested

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Updated: September 14, 2011

Christian Constantin last night called for Uefa president Michel Platini to be JAILED for failing to reinstate his club to the Europa League.

Swiss club Sion had appealed a decision to boot them out of Europe for disobeying a transfer embargo when they fielded five ineligible players in their play-off win over Celtic in August, including two-goal hero Pascal Feindouno.

Sion had been granted an injunction in a Swiss court, while deliberations were ongoing for their appeal, with a ruling being passed down that the club should have been reinstated to the competition.
The ruling was, however, ignored by European football’s governing body — as they upheld their original decision to bar Sion for fielding ineligible players and grant Celtic a reprieve.

Constantin said: "If you have a judge's decision which gives the order to Uefa that FC Sion can play, and Uefa fails to comply, the judge must look at penal proceedings.
"Then, the police will go and find Mr Platini.
"We've given Platini time to fix this. If he doesn't fix it, there's prison. I'll certainly be lodging a complaint against Platini. The judgment of the Swiss court must be accepted.

Platini, however, insists the Swiss outfit only have themselves to blame.
He said: "We have clear rules and regulations that all clubs know before they enter our competitions. Two independent disciplinary bodies have ruled on this issue and we must abide by their decisions."

Celtic themselves have issued a statement on the affair as they fly to Madrid this morning in preparation for their first group match: ‘The UEFA appeals body today rejected FC Sion’s appeal against their expulsion from the group stages of the Europa League.
‘Celtic were reinstated to the competition, and will take on Atletico Madrid, Udinese and Rennes. The first match takes place on September 15 at the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid. Clearly, Celtic are pleased with the decision.’

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