FIFA rejects Blatter, Platini appeals against 90-day bans


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.