Platini loses appeal as CAS upholds suspension

Platini loses appeal as CAS upholds suspension
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Platini loses CAS appeal against FIFA suspension
Platini loses CAS appeal against FIFA suspension

UEFA boss Michel Platini lost his appeal against a provisional 90-day suspension when the Court of Arbitration for Sports Friday upheld a ruling by FIFA's ethics committee.

CAS also ordered football's ruling body not to extend the provisional suspension after its expires on January 5, but FIFA plans to have a final ruling by its ethics committee later in December.

The Swiss-based court said in a statement it "determined that maintaining the provisional suspension for the remainder of the 90 days does not cause irreparable harm to Michel Platini at this point in time."

Friday's ruling, which came after a hearing in Lausanne Tuesday, means that Platini cannot attend Saturday's draw in Paris for the Euro 2016 tournament in his native France.

It also further throws into doubt his bid for the FIFA presidency as he can not campaign and can not be subject to the mandatory integrity check by FIFA.

The CAS said that even if it had lifted the suspension it would "not give any guarantee to Michel Platini that the FIFA ad hoc electoral committee would validate his candidature for the FIFA presidential election before 5 January 2016."

However, "an extension would constitute an undue and unjustified restriction of Michel Platini's right of access to justice, cause irreparable harm to him and also tip the balance of interest test in his favour," the CAS said.

Platini and FIFA president Joseph Blatter are provisionally suspended by FIFA for 90 days over a "disloyal payment" of 2 million dollars Platini received in 2011 for work done for FIFA between 1998 and 2002. FIFA had said it would extend the suspension, if necessary.

Both men have protested their innocence but face bans from FIFA's ethics committee adjudicatory chamber which is expected to issue a final ruling later in December. Blatter is to be heard on December 17, Platini the next day.

Platini could appeal an unfavourable ruling again at the CAS.

Platini's lawyer Thibaud d'Ales told the AFP agency that Platini "remains confident" despite the CAS setback.

UEFA said it took notice of the ruling without commenting any further while FIFA noted "that CAS has ratified the proceedings of the independent Ethics Committee."

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