UEFA president Michel Platini will have to appear in court to explain why he refused to reinstate FC Sion to the Europa League, an FC Sion spokesman said on Thursday.

"/> UEFA president Michel Platini will have to appear in court to explain why he refused to reinstate FC Sion to the Europa League, an FC Sion spokesman said on Thursday.

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Platini will have to testify: FC Sion

UEFA president Michel Platini will have to appear in court to explain why he refused to reinstate FC Sion to the Europa League, an FC Sion spokesman said on Thursday.

Platini will have to testify: FC Sion
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UEFA secretary-general Gianni Infantino will also have to testify at the hearing, probably in mid-October, the club claimed.

“They have to appear personally, they cannot send their lawyers,” FC Sion spokesman Nicolas Pillet told AFP.

“If they do not show up, it will be the police who will go and get them,” he said.

Pillet was referring to the latest developments in Sion’s bid to be reintegrated in the Europa League.

They were expelled from the competition’s group stages by UEFA for fielding ineligible players with Celtic taking their place, despite the Scottish club losing out in the play-offs.

Last week, a Swiss regional court backed Sion’s fight to be reinstated, a decision rejected by UEFA.

“UEFA is on Swiss soil, and they must respect Swiss law,” Pillet said.

“The judge wants to meet Platini and Infantino so they can explain why they did not respect the court’s judgment,” he added.

Neither UEFA nor the Swiss prosecutor were available for comments.

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‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame

A Swiss super fan who has shot to fame after images of him watching Switzerland’s win over France went viral told the media he was unaware of his viral fame - but that he was overwhelmed with the world’s attention.

‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame
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Like most Swiss football fans, Luca Loutenbach’s Monday evening – highlighted by a surprise upset win over the current World Champions and tournament favourite France – went about as well as you could have expected. 

But while his side were putting on the pressure through late goals to push the game into extra time, Loutenbach’s image was being shared across the world. 

Two pictures of Loutenbach, juxtaposed from before and after Switzerland scored an equaliser in the 90th minute to send the game to extra time, were widely shared. 

The images were even shared by Sadiq Kahn, the mayor of London, who congratulated Switzerland and said the images summed up the beauty of football. 

On Tuesday, Loutenbach spoke with Swiss tabloid Blick to tell the story. He said he had no idea about the images as his phone had no reception in Romania – and only found out after the game. 

“I didn’t have a network during the game. But some fans around me were connected to the internet and quickly realized what was happening. What an incredible buzz!” said the man from the canton of Jura. 

While Switzerland have made it further than they have in their history in the tournament, Loutenbach is far from a bandwagon fan. He told Blick he’s seen around 50 national team games before. 

“It’s the most beautiful day in the history of Swiss football, let’s not be afraid of saying it. It is the accomplishment of the immense work of the ASF (Federation), of (coach) Petkovic and of the whole team” he said. 

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