Europa League - Sion demand arrest, imprisonment of Platini

Tue, 13 Sep 18:17:00 2011

The president of FC Sion wants UEFA chief Michel Platini arrested and imprisoned after the Swiss club's exclusion from the Europa League was confirmed on Tuesday.

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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.

A local court upheld Sion’s appeal, but UEFA dismissed the challenge, insisting that Swiss law had no jurisdiction over the governance of football.

The decision allows Celtic back in to Europe, but Sion are not giving up the fight, with outspoken president Christian Constantin saying Platini should go to jail for rejecting the court’s ruling.

"If you have the judge’s decision which gives the order to UEFA that FC Sion can play, and UEFA fails to comply, then that means that the judge (can now follow) penal proceedings," Constantin told STV.

"Then, the police will go and find Mr Platini. Now we’ve given Platini time to fix this - if he doesn’t fix it, then there’s prison."

Instead of Sion, Celtic will face Atletico Madrid in their Group I match on Thursday.

Sion’s lawyer, Alexandre Zen-Ruffinen, claimed that UEFA - who are based in Switzerland - would be punished by the country’s legal system.

"UEFA has confirmed the exclusion of the club," Zen-Ruffinen told 20 Minutes. "The two protests were confirmed. It is an inexplicable verdict.

"They think they're above the law and should face the consequences. I do not understand the disrespect of the Swiss constitution."

Sion were originally handed a transfer embargo for illegally signing Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary from Al-Ahly.

The Cairo club challenged the transfer, with FIFA banning El-Hadary for four months in addition to punishing Sion.

As with the Europa League exclusion, an argument between the club and FIFA brewed after a local court lifted the transfer ban, with football's governing body insisting such acts would not be recognised.

Reda Maher - Follow me on Twitter @reda_maher / Eurosport

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