FIFA has rejected Sepp Blatter’s and Michel Platini’s appeals of their 90-day bans, the Associated Press reports.
Blatter and Platini were suspended on Oct. 8 as a result of an ongoing investigation by the FIFA ethics committee into alleged mismanagement of FIFA funds, centering on a $2 million payment Blatter made to Platini in 2011. Blatter and Platini appealed their suspensions shortly after they were handed down.
The suspensions were expected to be upheld. They will continue to prevent Blatter from acting as FIFA president and Platini from working as UEFA president or running in the special election for FIFA president scheduled for Feb. 26.
Blatter and Platini could choose to further appeal the suspensions with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The two men have contended that the 2011 payment was part of Platini’s salary for serving as an adviser to Blatter, and was therefore legal. However, no written contract exists for the payment, which Blatter has called a “gentleman’s agreement.” Both Blatter and Platini are scheduled to appear before a FIFA ethics judge in December.
Blatter is also part of an ongoing criminal investigation by Swiss authorities for criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of FIFA money, stemming from the same controversial payment.
- Erin Flynn