Fa Suspends Support For Michel Platini Fifa Presidency Bid After Suspension

Posted 6 years ago 16 Oct 2015 by Emmanuel

The English Football Association (FA) has suspended its support for Michel Platini's candidacy for the FIFA presidency.

The move follows a UEFA meeting on Thursday where FA officials were given further information surrounding a 1.35 million payment to Platini in 2011 from FIFA president Sepp Blatter which has led to both men being provisionally banned for 90 days pending an ethics committee hearing.

FA chairman Greg Dyke said for the first time last week that the governing body would drop its backing for Platini if FIFA's ethics committee finds he behaved improperly, and the governing body announced on Friday morning that it would suspend its support for the former France international until "the legal process has been concluded and the position is clear."

FA suspends support for Michel Platini's FIFA candidacy.

An FA statement said: "At the UEFA meeting the FA learnt more information relating to the issues at the centre of this case from Mr Platini's lawyers. We have been instructed that the information must be kept confidential and therefore we cannot go into specifics.

"As a result of learning this information, the FA board has this morning concluded that it must suspend its support for Mr Platini's candidature for the FIFA presidency until the legal process has been concluded and the position is clear.

"A decision can then be taken on who to support in the Presidential election on Feb. 26 2016."

The FA said it supported UEFA's statement that Platini, who remains president of the European governing body, had a right to a fair process and for it to be carried out by mid-November.

It added: "The FA supports the statement issued by UEFA on Thursday concerning the ethics case against Michel Platini.

"This statement expressed respect for the significant work performed by Mr Platini at UEFA, requested that he be afforded due process in contesting the charges, and encouraged the relevant bodies involved to reach a final decision on the merits of the case by mid-November.

"The FA wishes Mr Platini every success in fighting these charges and clearing his name, and has no interest in taking any action that jeopardises this process."

The power brokers in European football all believe that Platini is innocent and should still run in the FIFA presidential election, according to his French Football Federation (FFF) counterpart Noel Le Graet.

Speaking after Thursday's meeting at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, the FFF president said support for Platini had been virtually unanimous, telling L'Equipe: "There was almost nothing but compliments for Michel.

"There were barely two or three little remarks but nothing major, and there was no need for a vote so that everyone might be behind him ."

Elsewhere, the German football federation (DFB) is investigating whether a multi-million-euro payment it made to FIFA in 2005 was misused but said there were "no indications at all" of delegates' votes being bought for the 2006 World Cup bid.

Source: livescores.com


The English Football Association (FA) has suspended its support for Michel Platini's candidacy for the FIFA presidency.

The move follows a UEFA meeting on Thursday where FA officials were given further information surrounding a 1.35 million payment to Platini in 2011 from FIFA president Sepp Blatter which has led to both men being provisionally banned for 90 days pending an ethics committee hearing.

FA chairman Greg Dyke said for the first time last week that the governing body would drop its backing for Platini if FIFA's ethics committee finds he behaved improperly, and the governing body announced on Friday morning that it would suspend its support for the former France international until "the legal process has been concluded and the position is clear."

FA suspends support for Michel Platini's FIFA candidacy.

An FA statement said: "At the UEFA meeting the FA learnt more information relating to the issues at the centre of this case from Mr Platini's lawyers. We have been instructed that the information must be kept confidential and therefore we cannot go into specifics.

"As a result of learning this information, the FA board has this morning concluded that it must suspend its support for Mr Platini's candidature for the FIFA presidency until the legal process has been concluded and the position is clear.

"A decision can then be taken on who to support in the Presidential election on Feb. 26 2016."

The FA said it supported UEFA's statement that Platini, who remains president of the European governing body, had a right to a fair process and for it to be carried out by mid-November.

It added: "The FA supports the statement issued by UEFA on Thursday concerning the ethics case against Michel Platini.

"This statement expressed respect for the significant work performed by Mr Platini at UEFA, requested that he be afforded due process in contesting the charges, and encouraged the relevant bodies involved to reach a final decision on the merits of the case by mid-November.

"The FA wishes Mr Platini every success in fighting these charges and clearing his name, and has no interest in taking any action that jeopardises this process."

The power brokers in European football all believe that Platini is innocent and should still run in the FIFA presidential election, according to his French Football Federation (FFF) counterpart Noel Le Graet.

Speaking after Thursday's meeting at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, the FFF president said support for Platini had been virtually unanimous, telling L'Equipe: "There was almost nothing but compliments for Michel.

"There were barely two or three little remarks but nothing major, and there was no need for a vote so that everyone might be behind him ."

Elsewhere, the German football federation (DFB) is investigating whether a multi-million-euro payment it made to FIFA in 2005 was misused but said there were "no indications at all" of delegates' votes being bought for the 2006 World Cup bid.

Source: livescores.com

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