Zurich - FIFA corruption investigators will demand an extension to the
eight-year bans ordered against world football leaders Sepp Blatter and
Michel Platini last month, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.
The anti-corruption investigators had originally sought a life ban
against the two most powerful men in football over a two million Swiss
franc payment that Blatter authorised for
"The investigatory chamber intends to appeal against the decision for
Mr Blatter and Mr Platini at the FIFA appeal committee," FIFA ethics
committee spokesperson Andreas Bantel told AFP.
Blatter and Platini were suspended from all football activity for
eight years by a FIFA tribunal on December 21. The ethics judges
rejected corruption charges but said the pair had abused their positions
in making the payment.
Both have denied any wrongdoing and vowed appeals to FIFA as well as
the Court of Arbitration for Sport and Swiss courts if necessary.
Platini lodged his appeal at FIFA on Monday, his entourage said.
Blatter, who has led FIFA for 17 years, said the payment to Platini,
the president of Europe's governing body UEFA, was for consultancy work
carried out between 1999 and 2002.
They have said there was only an oral contract for the accord but insisted it is legal.
Blatter, 79, was to stand down at a FIFA congress on February 26 when
a special election is to be held. But the suspension has devastated
60-year-old Platini's hopes of becoming FIFA leader. The Frenchman announced last week that he was withdrawing from the FIFA race to concentrate on clearing his name.
FIFA appeals committee rarely reduces sanctions imposed by the governing body's ethics or disciplinary panels.