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FIFA rejects Blatter, Platini appeals against 90-day bans

Morocco Soccer FIFA Platini

FILE.- In this Dec. 16, 2014 file photo FIFA president Sepp Blatter, right, and UEFA president Michel Platini talk before the semi final soccer match between Real Madrid and Cruz Azul at the Club World Cup soccer tournament in Marrakech, Morocco, Platini, a FIFA vice president, said Monday March 16, 2015 the governing body needs “new ideas, a new program” as longtime leader Sepp Blatter seeks a fifth term on May 29.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena,File)


ZURICH (AP) Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have lost their appeals against their 90-day bans for financial wrongdoing.

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The provisional bans prevent Blatter from working as FIFA president and stop UEFA President Platini from campaigning for the FIFA election on Feb. 26.

Their appeals were rejected Wednesday by FIFA’s appeals committee.

The two can file further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with numerous reports stating that Platini intends to appeal via CAS.

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The bans were imposed last month by FIFA’s ethics committee pending full investigations into a $2 million payment Blatter approved for Platini in 2011 as backdated salary.

Blatter and Platini are expected to appear before FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert in December.

Switzerland’s attorney general has also opened criminal proceedings against Blatter and questioned Platini for suspected criminal mismanagement of FIFA money.