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FIFA turns down Platini's, Blatter's protests against suspension from football activities

November 18, 2015, 16:49 UTC+3 GENEVA
An unprecedented corruption scandal rocked FIFA two days before voting for the presidency of the world’s ruling football body in late May, when seven FIFA officials were detained on corruption charges
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GENEVA, November 18. /TASS/. FIFA’s Appeal Committee has turned down UEFA President Michael Platini's and FIFA President Sepp Blatter's protests against suspension from all football-related activities, the FIFA press service said on Wednesday.

"The FIFA Appeal Committee has today rejected in full the appeals lodged by Joseph S. Blatter and Michel Platini and confirmed in their entirety the respective decisions concerning provisional measures taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee," the press service said quoting the FIFA statement.

An unprecedented corruption scandal rocked FIFA two days before voting for the presidency of the world’s ruling football body in late May, when seven FIFA officials were detained on corruption charges.

On June 2, Blatter - at the helm of FIFA since 1998 - announced his plans to resign, noting that he would remain president until new elections due on February 26 next year.

In September, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) said it had opened criminal proceedings against Blatter "on suspicion of criminal mismanagement as well as - alternatively - on suspicion of misappropriation".

Among a number of corruption allegations, Blatter is suspected of making a disloyal payment of 2 million Swiss francs to UEFA President Michel Platini in February 2011, the OAG announced.

In October, FIFA's ethics committee suspended Blatter and Platini from any activities related to football for 90 days.

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