UEFA will not hold an election for a new President until all of the appeals avenues have been exhausted by suspended chief Michel Platini, the governing body announced today.
In another show of solidarity for the Frenchman, who was banned from all footballing activity for eight years back along with FIFA President Sepp Blatter over an alleged disloyal payment of CHF2 million (£1.4 million/$2 million/€1.8 million) he received from the Swiss in 2011, UEFA hope Platini will be able to “return to the European football family as quickly as possible.”
The former France international, scorer of 41 goals in 72 appearances for his country during his career, has already confirmed he will contest the sanction to the FIFA Appeals Committee after being told he could not go straight to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
The Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee is appealing the eight-year suspension handed down by the Adjudicatory Chamber as they feel the punishment was too lenient and are aiming to get Platini and Blatter banned for life.
“At its inaugural meeting of 2016 at the House of European Football in Nyon, the UEFA Executive Committee decided there will be no UEFA Presidential Election scheduled until the sports justice appeal bodies, including potentially the CAS, have taken a decision regarding Michel Platini’s suspension,” a statement from UEFA read.
“The UEFA Executive Committee and UEFA’s national associations would like to state that we have taken note of the decision of the FIFA Ethics Committee to suspend the UEFA President, Michel Platini.
“We hope his name is cleared and that he can return to the European football family as quickly as possible.”
UEFA have continued to stand by their fallen President, despite the accusations levelled against Platini, who has also withdrawn his attempt to replace Blatter as head of world football’s governing body.
FIFA Presidential candidate Gianni Infantino also recently offered his support to the Frenchman by declaring: “I wish him all the best in his efforts to clear his name as soon as possible and I reiterate my support for his right to a due process.”
Infantino, general secretary of UEFA since 2009, had also claimed he would withdraw from the FIFA Presidential race if Platini was allowed to stand.
During today’s UEFA Executive Committee meeting, it was also announced that the organisation had approved goal-line technology for the upcoming Euro 2016 and for Champions League matches starting from the 2016 to 17 season.
“The system will work alongside additional assistant referees who will continue to monitor all activity in and around the penalty area,” a statement read.
“The goal-line technology system supplier will be announced in due course.”