Platini suspension upheld by CAS; but no extension allowed

Paris, Dec. 11, (GNA/dpa) – UEFA boss Michel Platini has lost his appeal against a provisional 90-day suspension as the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) upheld it on Friday.

But the CAS also ordered the ruling body FIFA not to extend it after it expires on January 5.

The Swiss-based court said in a statement it “determined that maintaining the provisional suspension for the remainder of the 90 days does not cause irreparable harm to Michel Platini at this point in time.”

But it added that “an extension would constitute an undue and unjustified restriction of Michel Platini’s right of access to justice, cause irreparable harm to him and also tip the balance of interest test in his favour.”

Friday’s ruling, which came after a hearing in Lausanne Tuesday, means that Platini cannot attend Saturday draw in Paris for the Euro 2016 tournament in his native France.

It also further throws into doubt his bid for the FIFA presidency as he cannot campaign and cannot be subject to the mandatory integrity check by FIFA.

Platini and FIFA president Joseph Blatter are provisionally suspended by FIFA for 90 days over a “disloyal payment” of 2 million dollars Platini received in 2011 for work done for FIFA between 1998 and 2002. FIFA had said it would extend the suspension, if necessary.

Both men have protested their innocence but face bans from FIFA’s adjudicatory chamber which is expected to issue a final ruling later in December.

Platini could appeal an unfavourable ruling again at the CAS.