UEFA president and FIFA vice-president Michel Platini had his appeal against a provisional 90-day ban from all soccer-related activities turned down at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Friday.
Platini was suspended by FIFA's ethics committee in October after being accused of taking a "disloyal payment" of 2 million Swiss francs from FIFA President Sepp Blatter — who received a similar suspension — in 2011.
Both men deny any wrongdoing, and have personal hearings with FIFA's ethics committee scheduled next week. A decision is expected on Dec. 21, according to the BBC.
On Friday, the CAS announced that a panel had decided "that maintaining the provisional suspension for the remainder of the 90 days does not cause irreparable harm to Michel Platini at this point in time."
However, the panel also ruled that FIFA would not be able to extend his ban, and said this would cause "an undue and unjustified restriction of Michel Platini's right of access to justice, cause irreparable harm to him and also tip the balance of interest test in his favor."
Platini's failed appeal means that he will now miss the draw for UEFA's flagship Euro 2016 tournament on Saturday, and it also deals a major blow to his chances of succeeding Blatter as FIFA president.
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