Suspended UEFA head Michel Platini and Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter have been banned from participating in all activities related to football and this ban has been upheld.
The FIFA appeal committee reduced the suspension of the two from 8 to 6 years.
Blatter and Platini bans were put in place after the two were found guilty on “disloyal payment” to Michel worth USD 2m.
They both denied that they were guilty of these charges and Blatter has announced plans to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The 79-year old spoke via a statement that he was disappointed by the FIFA appeal committee and that he would move on to take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport that is based in Lausanne.
In the refusal statement, the committee said that “services and activities offered to FIFA, UEFA as well as football” is an important factor.
The FIFA presidential election is planned to happen on Friday so as to elect a replacement for the Swiss.
While refuting the charges, Blatter and Platini have maintained that the payment honored their 1998 gentleman’s agreement for some work that the French national did for Blatter at a time he was an advisor to Blatter.
The decision of not overturning the suspensions comes after Jerome Valcke was banned for 12 years from participating in activities related to football. He was the former Sec Gen of the world football governing body.
Valcke was responsible for running the day-to-day FIFA activities of FIFA. He was found guilty of abusing travel expenses, misconduct in sale of world cup tickets, destruction of evidence and also an attempt to sell TV rights below their true worth.
He also does not agree with the charges.
As FIFA gears up for elections on Friday, some candidates are not contended.
Prince Ali bin al-Hussein wants the elections scheduled for Friday to be postponed because the voting procedures are yet to be agreed on.
Ali is among the favorite of the FIFA presidential candidates that are seen to have the potential of taking over FIFA leadership. The others are Tokyo Sexwale (South African business man), Gianni Infantino (UEFA Gen Sec) and Sheikh Salman of Bahrain.