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Meltdown as Fifa move to ban chief Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini

By Martyn Ziegler

Published 09/10/2015

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini

Sepp Blatter's tenure as Fifa president has ended in humiliation after he was relieved of his duties, while Michel Platini's hopes of succeeding him appear to be in tatters after the pair were provisionally banned for 90 days by Fifa's ethics committee.

Fifa moved to relieve Blatter of his duties immediately after his provisional ban was announced - but by contrast Europe's ruling body said it was standing by Platini, though he is complying with the ban.

If that defiance escalates it would further destabilise the world governing body, which is already in meltdown following the suspensions announced against Platini, Blatter and Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke.

Uefa's executive committee said last night it had "full confidence" in Platini and would not be replacing him as president. A statement from Platini was also released through Uefa, an action which appears to be at odds with the terms of his ban.

Platini said: "I reject all of the allegations that have been made against me, which are based on mere semblances and are astonishingly vague. Despite the farcical nature of these events, I refuse to believe that this is a political decision taken in haste in order to taint a lifelong devotee of the game or crush my candidacy for the Fifa presidency.

"I want everyone to know my state of mind: more than a sense of injustice or a desire for revenge, I am driven by a profound feeling of staunch defiance."

Uefa said Platini "will not perform his official duties for the time being".

Platini claimed the fact that news of the impending ban was leaked on Wednesday was an attempt to damage his reputation. The ban should mean that he will not be able to attend the Euro 2016 draw in Paris on December 12 - a bitter blow to the 60-year-old in his own country.

The 90-day suspension can also be extended by a further 45 days, taking it up until just six days before the Fifa presidential election is due on February 26.

Blatter and Platini can appeal to Fifa's appeals committee, but will still be suspended until they are heard.

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