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Frenchman Platini hit with suspension by Fifa

Uefa president Michel Platini has been hit with a suspension by world football governing body Fifa along with the organisation's president Sepp Blatter.

Frenchman Platini hit with suspension by Fifa
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have both been suspended from Fifa. Photo: AFP

The sentences were handed out by the ethics committee of football's world governing body, Fifa on Thursday morning.

Blatter, secretary general Jerôme Valcke and Uefa president Platini are being investigated by the committee over corruption allegations. The three are now banned from any football activity for the next 90 days.

Former French international Platini is accused of accepting a €1.8 million “disloyal payment” from Blatter back in 2011.

“The grounds for these decisions are the investigations that are being carried out by the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee,” Fifa said in a statement.

“The duration of the bans may be extended for an additional period not exceeding 45 days,” Fifa added.

Platini denies all wrongdoing and recently told AFP that he had nothing to hide.

“I have known for a long time that I would be the target of many unfounded attacks and I am conscious that these attacks will continue until the Fifa elections take place. There is no doubt about my integrity,” Platini said in an interview.

“I have done nothing wrong,” he insisted. 

The Frenchman, who is also Fifa's vice president, had hopes of succeeding Blatter in the top job and had formally submitted his application to become president on Thursday morning.

But the 90-day suspension could effectively end his chance of succeeding Blatter, who is the subject of a criminal investigation in Switzerland.

Although the ethics committee said the ban does not mean his candidacy is automatically void.

Platini, Blatter and Valcke all deny wrongdoing.

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French football’s HQ raided as part of probe into Blatter

The headquarters of France's football chiefs was raided as part of the ongoing probe into corruption at FIFA and the criminal investigation targeting Sepp Blatter.

French football's HQ raided as part of probe into Blatter
Photo: AFP

French authorities have searched the Paris offices of the French Football Federation in connection with Switzerland's criminal investigation targeting former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, the Swiss attorney general said Wednesday.

Documents in connection with Blatter's infamous 2.0 million Swiss franc ($2.0 million, 1.8 million euros) payment to the fallen UEFA president Michel Platini “were seized” in the search carried out on Tuesday, Switzerland's top prosecutor said in a statement.

The statement said it asked France for cooperation in the investigation on January 14th.

“Pursuant to that request… and in close coordination with the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG), the French Financial Prosecution Office proceeded yesterday to a search of the offices of the French Football Federation (FFF) in Paris,” the statement said.

It added that the search was “in connection with the criminal proceedings against Mr. Joseph Blatter.”

Switzerland opened an investigation against Blatter in September for alleged criminal mismanagement during his tenure as FIFA's president.

It also suspected Blatter of making a payment that was “disloyal” to FIFA.

That payment was the 2.0 million Swiss francs Blatter authorised to Platini in 2011, reportedly for consulting work the Frenchman performed a decade earlier.

Doubts surrounding that payment led FIFA's ethics judges to ban both Blatter and Platini from football for six years.

In the Swiss case, Platini has been questioned in a status that falls between a witness and an accused.

“Mr. Michel Platini's status in the proceedings has remained unchanged,” the OAG statement said.

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