Platini, until recently seen as the man to lead soccer's governing body FIFA out of its worst ever graft crisis, has been suspended for 90 days by FIFA's ethics committee while it investigates his conduct.
               
The final verdict is expected by the end of the month and Platini's lawyers have already said that ethics investigators had recommended a lifelong ban for the Frenchman.
               
FIFA will hold an election to find a replacement for its president Sepp Blatter, also suspended, on Feb. 26 and Platini, who has registered as a candidate but cannot run while he is banned. Although he might be allowed to take part if he is cleared.
               
The investigation centers on a 2 million Swiss franc ($2 million) payment from FIFA to Platini, a former France team captain and coach who has been UEFA president since 2002, in 2011 for work he completed between 1998 and 2002.
               
Blatter has said there was a verbal agreement between the two while Platini says the payment was delayed only because of financial problems at FIFA.

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