Suspended Fifa vice-president Michel Platini will boycott an ethics committee hearing into allegations of corruption this week.
Lawyers for the Frenchman, who is also president of Uefa, believe the “verdict is already announced”.
He is accused of receiving a £1.35m “disloyal payment” from Fifa president Sepp Blatter – who is also banned and facing ethics charges over the claim.
Both deny wrongdoing and were due to have personal hearings.
Blatter, 79, has compared the investigation against him to “the Inquisition”, while Platini, 60, had a bid to lift his 90-day provisional ban from football denied by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 11 December.
A verdict could come as early as 21 December, although both men could then submit further appeals.
Platini still hopes to be a candidate to replace outgoing president Blatter in the Fifa presidential elected on 26 February but can only stand if he is cleared.
In a statement issued on behalf of Fifa’s ethics judges on Wednesday, Platini was told his case will be dealt with “independently and in an unbiased manner”.
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