UEFA executive committee backs Platini despite FIFA ban
UEFA has backed its president Michel Platini despite being suspended by FIFA
"The executive committee expressed its full confidence in UEFA president, Michel Platini, and stands fully behind him," UEFA said in a statement.
Platini and FIFA president Joseph Blatter were suspended for 90 days by the FIFA ethics committee's adjudicatory chamber following a Swiss criminal investigation against Blatter launched on September 25.
As part of the investigation Platini was asked to provide information about a payment of 2 million Swiss francs (about 2 million dollars) signed off by Blatter in 2011.
UEFA will host an emergency meeting in Nyon, Switzerland, on October 15 to discuss the situation.
"The UEFA executive committee saw no need, at this moment in time, to invoke Article 29(5) of the UEFA statutes, pursuant to which the highest-ranking vice-president of UEFA may step in to assume the powers and duties of the president in his absence," UEFA said.
"This is because the UEFA executive committee is aware that the UEFA president will immediately take all necessary steps to appeal the decision of the Fifa ethics committee to clear his name."
Platini himself criticized the decision of the ethics committee to suspend him but said he felt it was not a deliberate attempt to derail his presidential aspirations.
"I reject all of the allegations that have been made against me, which are based on mere semblances and are astonishingly vague," he said in a statement.
"Despite the farcical nature of these events, I refuse to believe that this is a political decision taken in haste in order to taint a lifelong devotee of the game or crush my candidacy for the FIFA presidency."
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