Platini Could Be Banned For Life

Platini Could Be Banned For Life

UEFA President Michel Platini who is serving a 90-day suspension on corruption charges over a $2 million payment made to him by FIFA president Sepp Blatter could be banned for life over a suspect payment.

FIFA's ethics watchdog are pushing for the Michel Platini life ban in a report sent to the UEFA president's lawyer.

Platini, until his suspension, was the favourite to take over FIFA, but his being implicated in the scandal with FIFA president Sepp Blatter means the duo will find out in the next month whether a FIFA court has found them guilty of ethics misdemeanor.

The Frenchman's lawyer, Thibaud d'Ales, told AFP that the proposed punishment was a "scandal" and "excessive".

However, Blatter's lawyers refused to answer questions about whether the same punishment had been requested against their client.

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Platini and Blatter are already serving 90-day suspension which has ruled the 60-year-old Frenchman out of the race for the FIFA presidency to be decided in the election on February 26.

Blatter is also under investigation in Switzerland for 'criminal mismanagement' over the payment to Platini, ostensibly for consultancy work completed nine years earlier.

A series of investigations, including a US bribery inquiry and a Swiss probe into the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has seen FIFA facing its worst crisis.

The charges have seen Platini fall behind five other candidates who have already passed FIFA integrity tests in the race for the presidency.

The five other candidates, who are already lobbying for the presidency are, Asian football chief Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, former FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan, former FIFA official Jerome Champagne of France, South African businessman and former minister Sexwale and UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino.

Platini's lawyer who feels his client has been slighted said the demand for a life ban was part of a concerted effort to stop the UEFA president from taking part in the race.

Blatter and Platini had their appeals against their 90-day suspensions rejected last week, and Platini has taken his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, who are expected to come out with a decision soon.

Platini faces being forced out as head of UEFA, which he has led since 2007 if banned.

The French legend could also appeal against any ban to a FIFA committee and then to the CAS.

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