FIFA has rejected Blatter and Platini’s appeals against their provisional 90-day ban from all footballing activities following an unethical payment.
Both Blatter and Platini were suspended back in October, amid suspicions of corruption at the highest level of FIFA.
Blatter has been accused of criminal mismanagement or misappropriation after signing a television deal with disgraced former Caribbean supremo Jack Warner, while Platini, who was set to stand for the Fifa presidency, has had his candidacy voided due to the ban.
“The Fifa Appeal Committee, chaired by Larry Mussenden, has today rejected in full the appeals lodged by Joseph S. Blatter and Michel Platini and confirmed in their entirety the respective decisions (cf. art. 84 par. 2 of the FIFA Code of Ethics) concerning provisional measures taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee,” a statement read.
Blatter and Platini have been informed of the decision of Fifa’s appeals committee, but both may now take their appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport should they wish.
Fifa have also confirmed that the provisional decision taken to ban the duo may still be confirmed, revoked or amended.