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Fifa vice-president Michel Platini to receive lifetime ban from football

Platini Fifa vice-president Michel Platini to receive lifetime ban from football
Cacciopini Corbiniano | 25 Novembre, 2015, 14:38

Platini has argued the payment was for work carried out when he worked for Blatter as a special adviser between 1998 and 2002 but Blatter had told him at the time that Federation Internationale de Football Association could not afford to pay and he did not want to upset its wage structure.

"Obviously we've got the proof that such a deal existed", D'Ales said. “It’s not based on anything in the case.”.

Blatter had already agreed to step down as FIFA's president following a special election in February, a concession made days after the unprecedented corruption scandal at Federation Internationale de Football Association kicked off. A guilty verdict, including further suspension from Federation Internationale de Football Association, would speed up his departure date.

The committee led by German judge Hans Joachim Eckert has opened proceedings in the matter and a decision is expected only next month.

The French sports daily L'Equipe reported Platini's lawyer Thibaud d'Alès as saying the recommended lifetime ban was a "pure scandal" and "disproportionate", created to scupper his bid to replace Blatter as president.

Both Blatter and Platini have denied any wrongdoing and in an interview with Swiss broadcaster RTS, which will be broadcast on Wednesday, Blatter called Platini "an honest man". "There is not a single tangible element in this case that can confirm the suspicions".

He is now provisionally suspended from the organisation after being accused of signing a contract which was "unfavourable" to the organisation, as well as the accusation that he made a "disloyal payment" to UEFA chief Michel Platini. Both are now barred from attending the executive session, though they have pledged to challenge their 90-day interim bans at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

A spokesman for the ethics committee's investigatory chamber said they would not comment on the case.

Other senior Federation Internationale de Football Association figures previously to receive lifetime bans include Jack Warner (Trinidad and Tobago), Chuck Blazer (USA), Manilal Fernando (Sri Lanka) and Mohamed bin Hammam (Qatar).

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