Ethics committee seeks life ban for Platini
The FIFA ethics committee has requested a life ban for Michel Platini, the Frenchman's lawyer said yesterday, a move that would rule the UEFA president out of the race to succeed Sepp Blatter.
Thibaut d'Ales told The Associated Press that the maximum sanction was asked for when the FIFA ethics committee investigations unit submitted its final case report.
Blatter could also face expulsion from world football over a $2 million payment of FIFA money he approved to Platini in 2011.
Platini and Blatter face separate hearings before FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert in December.
"The overreaching of the request really convinces us of this commission's total lack of credibility," D'Ales said in a telephone interview. "There is not a single tangible element in this case that can confirm the suspicions."
Platini is currently serving a 90-day ban over cash he got as backdated salary almost nine years after he stopped working as Blatter's presidential adviser from 1998-2002.
Platini denies wrongdoing and says he had a verbal contract with Blatter to receive the money.