FIFA Want To Ban UEFA President Michel Platini For Life Over £1.3m Payment Made By FIFA On Behalf Of Boss Sepp Blatter
UEFA president Michel Platini is facing a life ban following a request from the FIFA ethics committee investigating an alleged irregular payment of £1.3million from world football's governing body.
Platini and outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter will have formal hearings into allegations of FIFA's ethics code breaches later this month over the payment made to the Frenchman in 2011.
The 60-year-old's laywer Thibaud d'Ales confirmed the maximum sanction was asked for when the ethics committee investigations unit submitted its final case report.
UEFA president Michel Platini's lawyer has confirmed that FIFA ethics committee have requested a life ban
The overreaching of the request really convinces us of this commission's total lack of credibility,' said D'Ales. 'There is not a single tangible element in this case that can confirm the suspicions.'
Platini is currently serving a 90-day ban over a £1.3m payment of FIFA money he received in 2011 as backdated salary. He worked as a presidential adviser from 1998-2002 for Blatter, who also faces the ethics court's judgment in the case.
Platini denies wrongdoing and says he had a verbal contract with Blatter to receive the money.
FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert is expected to give his verdicts in the cases of Platini and Blatter in December. Any sanctions can be challenged at the FIFA appeals committee and Court of Arbitration for Sport.
D'Ales said he was informed of the ethics committee's request on Monday and decided to make it public after it leaked in the French press. He said FIFA's aim is to prove that there was no contract between Platini and Blatter.
'Obviously we've got the proof that such a deal existed,' D'Ales said. 'We will submit it to CAS, which will handle the case within a fairly short space of time.
Platini is serving a 90-day ban over a £1.3m payment of FIFA money he received in 2011 as backdated salary
Platini (in August) denies wrongdoing and says he had verbal contract with Sepp Blatter to receive money
A spokesman for the FIFA ethics prosecutors declined to confirm what sanction was requested last week.
'We are entitled to comment but we decided for reasons of personality rights and the presumption of innocence not to publish the request,' said Andreas Bantel. 'If Mr. Platini wants to comment on the request he is entitled to do that.'
Platini aims to clear his name and stand as a candidate in the FIFA presidential election on February 26 to succeed Blatter, who is stepping down. Blatter announced his exit plans on June 2 under pressure from American and Swiss federal investigations into bribery and corruption at FIFA.
FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert is expected to give his verdicts in the cases of both men in December
Switzerland's attorney-general has opened criminal proceedings against Blatter over the payment as suspected criminal mismanagement of FIFA money.
Platini was quizzed on September 25 at FIFA headquarters as 'between a witness and an accused person,' according to attorney general Michael Lauber.
A FIFA life ban has been overturned by CAS in the past.
Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar had his expulsion by FIFA overturned on appeal in July 2012, more than one year after a bribery allegation ended his presidential campaign against Blatter.
The CAS panel said a FIFA investigation did not prove Bin Hammam was the source of $40,000 (£27,000) bribes to Caribbean voters, though it suspected he was.
Outgoing FIFA president Blatter (right) also faces formal hearing into allegations over payment made to Platini