Zurich - A FIFA appeal committee on
Wednesday rejected a bid by long-time president Sepp Blatter and UEFA chief
Michel Platini to overturn their 90-day suspensions while Swiss police pursue a
The committee said it had "rejected in
full" the appeals made by Blatter and Platini.
Both were suspended for 90 days on October
7 after Swiss prosecutors launched a "criminal mismanagement" inquiry
against Blatter who made a 2million dollar payment to Platini in 2011 for work
carried out a decade earlier.
The suspension has been a severe blow to
Platini's hopes of winning a FIFA presidential election in Zurich on February
26 when Blatter stands down after 17 years in the post.
The sanction, banning him from all
football-related activity, means that he is unable to campaign in the FIFA presidential
race against the five confirmed candidates, who have already passed the
required integrity tests.
Both Blatter and Platini have the
possibility of next taking their appeals before the Lausanne-based Court of
Arbitration for Sport for a final ruling.
Platini's lawyers had already said that
their client was "astounded" at how slow the process was for FIFA to
decide on his appeal against the suspension.
The appeal was lodged with FIFA by the
lawyers on October 10.
Platini's suspension triggered a flurry of
activity with the powerful Asian football chief Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al
Khalifa, Prince Ali Al Hussein, former FIFA official Jerome Champagne, South
African anti-apartheid campaigner Tokyo Sexwale and UEFA general secretary
Gianni Infantino all throwing their hats into the ring.
The race is likely to be heavily shaped by
whether the former France and Juventus midfield star is ultimately admitted,
with Infantino indicating he would stand aside if his UEFA boss qualifies for
But the rejection of the appeal means that,
barring a successful approach to the CAS, everyone involved will have to wait
until January 5 when the 90-day suspension ends.
The sanctions against Platini and Blatter
come amid twin Swiss and US investigations into alleged widescale fraud and
corruption at the heart of world football's governing body.