Suspended UEFA President, Michel Platini’s attempt to have his 90-day ban from FIFA overturned has been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The Frenchman, who was suspended by world football’s governing body in October over an alleged “disloyal payment”, had hoped to take his place as a candidate for February’s FIFA presidential election.
Blatter and Platini were handed 90-day suspensions after the Swiss Attorney General opened criminal proceedings against Blatter over a £1.35 million payment to Platini.
The payment was made in February 2011 for work the Frenchman carried out as Blatter’s Technical Advisor between 1999 and 2002.
Platini was the clear favourite to succeed Sepp Blatter until they were questioned by Swiss authorities on September 25.
Both face possible life bans when they appear before the FIFA Ethics Committee at the governing body’s headquarters in Zurich next week.