Friday 20 April 2018

FIFA will not allow Platini to stand in presidential election while banned

Michel Platini
Michel Platini

Tom Allnut in London

Fifa has confirmed it will not allow Michel Platini to stand in the presidential election while his ban from football-related activity remains in force.

The deadline for nominations is Monday and Uefa president Platini has already submitted his candidacy for the vote on February 26. The Frenchman, however, was handed a provisional 90-day suspension, together with Fifa's president, Sepp Blatter, by the world governing body two weeks ago. Both men are being investigated over a £1.35m payment Platini received from Blatter in 2011, which they say related to consultancy work Platini completed nine years earlier.

A FIFA statement yesterday read: "Domenico Scala, in his capacity as chairman of the Fifa ad hoc electoral committee, provided information to the executive committee regarding the ongoing process for the Fifa presidential election.

"He explained that candidacies for the presidency that are submitted in due time and form, but which relate to candidates who are subject to a [provisional or definite] ban... will not be processed... as long as such a ban is valid and in force."

Platini denies any wrongdoing and is awaiting the verdict of the FIFA appeals committee after challenging his suspension. If Platini's suspension is lifted before the election, he may be able to re-enter the race.

There had also been uncertainty surrounding the timing of the election and whether it might be postponed in light of the investigations.

Fifa's executive committee, however, confirmed at an emergency meeting yesterday that the vote would go ahead on the planned date.

Irish Independent

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