The ethics committee of world football governing body FIFA has recommended that UEFA president Michel Platini be banned for life.
A report said on Tuesday in Zurich said Vanessa Allard, Chief Investigator of the ethics committee, while presenting the report pushed for a life ban on Platini.
Meanwhile, FIFA has announced that Platini’s fate would be decided at a hearing to be chaired by Germany’s Hans-Joachim Eckert in December.
Outgoing FIFA president Joseph Blatter and Platini were provisionally suspended by FIFA on Oct. 7 and had an appeal turned down last week.
The suspensions came in connection with a Swiss criminal investigation against Blatter over a “disloyal payment” of 2 million Swiss francs (dollars) to Platini in 2011, for work done between 1998 and 2002.
Platini and Blatter have said they did nothing wrong in connection with the payment but admitted there was no written contract.
Former French international Platini was considered a favourite to replace Blatter at an extraordinary congress set for Feb. 26, before being caught up in one of the scandals which have blighted FIFA this year.
Platini has submitted his candidacy to succeed him but he has not yet been approved to stand.
That depends on what, if any sanctions, are imposed on him by the ethics committee and passing an integrity check.