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Platini remains a candidate for FIFA president - UEFA

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 01:26

Europe's soccer governing body UEFA stand by the organisation's president Michel Platini despite his suspension by the ethics committee at FIFA.

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SHOWS: NYON, SWITZERLAND (OCTOBER 15, 2015) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UEFA SECRETARY GENERAL, GIANNI INFANTINO, SAYING: "We support Michel Platini's right to a due process and a fair trial and to the opportunity to clear his name. We strongly call on all instances involved in the current process - FIFA's ethics committee, FIFA's appeal committee and ultimately the Court of Arbitration for Sport to work very rapidly to ensure that there is a final decision on the merits of the case by at the latest mid November 2015. So one month from now." 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UEFA SECRETARY GENERAL, GIANNI INFANTINO, SAYING: "No, there were no other names made for nothing because there is a UEFA president, he was elected this year and there is a candidate at the moment for the FIFA presidency so this was not debated. What was discussed and where also everyone was in agreement and this maybe also an important point I forgot actually to make before is that the FIFA congress which is scheduled to take place on the 26th of February should take place, has to take place on the 26th of February. It cannot and shall not be delayed." STORY: European soccer governing body UEFA called for a rapid decision in the case of its suspended president Michel Platini on Thursday (October 15) and said they supported the UEFA president and that critics must give him an opportunity to clear his name from any wrongdoing. "We support Michel Platini's right to a due process and a fair trial and to the opportunity to clear his name. We strongly call on all instances involved in the current process - FIFA's ethics committee, FIFA's appeal committee and ultimately the Court of Arbitration for Sport to work very rapidly to ensure that there is a final decision on the merits of the case by at the latest mid November 2015. So one month from now," said UEFA secretary-general Gianni Infantino. Platini and FIFA president Sepp Blatter were given a 90-day ban by the FIFA Ethics Committee last week, pending a full investigation into both men's activities, in the latest twist to the scandal which has engulfed FIFA and international soccer. Infantino also said Platini would still be running for the FIFA presidency and urged FIFA not to delay the scheduled election of the next permanent president next February. "No, there were no other names made for nothing because there is a UEFA president, he was elected this year and there is a candidate at the moment for the FIFA presidency so this was not debated. What was discussed and where also everyone was in agreement and this maybe also an important point I forgot actually to make before is that the FIFA congress which is scheduled to take place on the 26th of February should take place, has to take place on the 26th of February. It cannot and shall not be delayed," he said. Platini is standing in the FIFA presidential election due to be held on Feb 26, although the ban could severely hamper his chances of passing an integrity test which is part of the electoral process.

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Platini remains a candidate for FIFA president - UEFA

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 01:26