Europe's soccer chief Platini fails in bid to have FIFA ban lifted

Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:20pm EST
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ZURICH (Reuters) - European soccer chief Michel Platini failed on Friday in his bid to have a 90-day provisional suspension from world soccer lifted, further denting his hopes of running for the presidency of the game's scandal-hit global governing body FIFA.

The decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the top body for settling sports-related disputes, means Platini will not be able to attend Saturday's draw for the Euro 2016 Championship.

That occasion would have given him the opportunity to promote his ambition to succeed veteran leader Sepp Blatter at a vote in February.

Platini, barred for 90 days during an investigation centering on a 2 million Swiss franc ($1.97 million) payment from FIFA to Platini, cannot run for the presidency while under suspension.

FIFA is suffering the worst corruption scandal in its over 100-year history, drawing in top officials and triggering investigations by U.S. and Swiss authorities.

Platini's legal team were confident Platini would be cleared when a FIFA ethics committee makes its final ruling on his case, which is expected to happen just before Christmas.


"Michel Platini notes with satisfaction that CAS partially granted his request when it demanded that FIFA not extend his ban," his lawyer Thibaud d'Ales told Reuters.   Continued...

File picture of UEFA President Michel Platini arriving for a hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Files