Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 15th 2015 Contents GENEVA---A week after receiving the
resounding backing of his UEFA colleagues,
Michel Platini could discover that support
for him has cooled after European football
leaders discuss the suspended president s
ethics case today.
The UEFA president is battling to salvage
his reputation after being provisionally banned
for at least 90 days last week by FIFA s ethics
judge, along with FIFA president Sepp Blatter,
pending the outcome of an investigation into
a 2011 payment to the former France captain.
Both Blatter and Platini deny any wrongdo-
Platini still hopes he can clear his name
in time to stand in the emergency FIFA pres-
idential election in February, even though he
is expected to be declared ineligible once the
candidate integrity checks are conducted
after October 26.
A delay to the election, which could be
agreed by FIFA s executive committee on
Tuesday, could assist Platini. But rival con-
tender Prince Ali bin al-Hussein warned yes-
terday that delaying the election would further
discredit scandal-hit FIFA and deepen the
The high-profile suspensions last week
were imposed because FIFA ethics investi-
gators are yet to be convinced that the pay-
ment of 2 million Swiss francs (about $2 mil-
lion) from Blatter to Platini was legitimate.
No written contract exists for the trans-
action, which Platini claims was salary owed
to him from his work as Blatter s adviser
between 1998 and 2002, but was only
requested in 2011. The payment is also the
subject of a Swiss criminal investigation in
which Blatter is a suspect.
"This case is like a backpack that could
force (Platini) to his knees," German federation
president Wolfgang Niersbach was quoted
as telling German publication "Die Zeit."
Niersbach is a member of the UEFA exec-
utive committee, which said last week that
it "stands fully behind" Platini and has "full
confidence" in him.
Allan Hansen was the first member of
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FIFA bans South
African official for 6
years in fixing probe
ZURICH---A South African football official was
banned by FIFA for six years yesterday as part of
a match-fixing investigation involving friendly
games ahead of the 2010 World Cup.
Lindile Kika, who was the South African Football
Association s head of national teams at the time, is
banned from any soccer-related activities.
FIFA judge Hans-Joachim Eckert found Kika guilty
of breaching five sections of the ethics code: general
rules of conduct, commission, conflicts of interest
as well as loyalty, duty of disclosure, cooperation
and reporting. But an ethics committee statement
did not specifically say what Kika s misdemeanors
Responding to Kika s ban, SAFA said it backs FIFA s
efforts to "weed out corruption."
"Rotten apples have no place in this beautiful
game and we at SAFA have developed a zero-tolerance
to any corrupt activity," the governing body said in
a statement . "This is a clear warning for anyone
who might intend to get involved in corruption that
the big arm of the law will come down heavily on
Chelsea manager Mourinho
fined, given suspended
LONDON---Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has
been fined 50,000 pounds ($77,000) and given a
suspended one-game stadium ban for accusing ref-
erees of being biased against his team.
Speaking after a 3-1 loss to Southampton on Octo-
ber 3, Mourinho said referees "are afraid to give deci-
sions for Chelsea."
England s Football Association says yesterday that
Mourinho s remarks "constituted improper conduct"
as they implied bias and brought the game into dis-
The suspended stadium ban will come into effect
if Mourinho commits a further breach of rules before
October 13 next year. (AP)
UEFA s ruling board to break ranks on Monday by
telling Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet that if there
was no written contract for the disputed payment
"we can no longer support him."
Hansen also sits on FIFA s audit and compliance
panel so is likely to have deep knowledge of the case
when UEFA meets today and Platini s position is scru-
UEFA senior vice president Angel Maria Villar is
set to chair the meetings --- firstly of the executives
and then all 54 member nations.
But Villar, the head of the Spanish federation,
remains at risk of sanctions himself from a separate
investigation into the bidding process for the 2018
and 2022 World Cups.
UEFA has resisted appointing Villar as acting pres-
ident as required by the statues, with Platini unable
to carry out his duties. FIFA, however, is under the
temporary leadership of Issa Hayatou, who is due to
arrive this week at the Zurich headquarters for the
first time since becoming acting president.
Hayatou, the head of African football, has already
ruled out standing in the election, which is scheduled
for February 26.
If UEFA members do start to waver in their support
for Platini, today s meeting could be the turning point
--- and lead to the endorsement of another European
A possible contender is Dutch federation head
Michael van Praag, who was a candidate for the May
election but withdrew ahead of the ballot to ensure
it was a head-to-head between Blatter and Prince
Platini's UEFA backing on the line as European nations meet
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