FIFA's ethics committee is seeking a lifetime ban for Michel Platini, his lawyers have confirmed.
UEFA president Platini and outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter will have formal hearings into allegations of FIFA's ethics code breaches later this month over a £1.3million payment made to the Frenchman in 2011.
A spokesman for Platini's lawyer Thibaut D'Ales confirmed the recommendation from the ethics committee's investigatory chamber was for a lifetime ban if the charges are proved.
It is expected that a similar sanction will be sought against Blatter, but there has been no confirmation from his legal team, while FIFA's ethics committee refused to comment.
French sports daily L'Equipe reported D'Ales as saying the recommended lifetime ban was a "pure scandal" and "disproportionate" and claimed that it had been deliberately leaked to further damage Platini's hopes of running for the FIFA presidency.
D'Ales added: "This ban is subject to corruption being proved but it is clearly a disproportionate punishment.
"In releasing this, there is clearly a desire to harm. The masks are slipping one by one in FIFA, the electoral calendar is being manipulated and there is a strategy to eliminate Platini as a candidate."
Fifa's ethics committee has requested sanctions against Fifa President Sepp Blatter and Uefa chief Michel Platini after an investigation into their conduct was completed.
In a statement, the committee said it had submitted its report to Fifa's ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert for a final decision.
Both Blatter and Platini - who had been favourite to succeed Blatter in February's presidential election - have been suspended for 90 days pending the outcome of the final investigation.
Fifa's appeal committee has rejected appeals lodged by Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini against provisional bans, Fifa has announced.
Suspended Fifa president Sepp Blatter has been hospitalised due to stress.
It is thought the 79-year-old suffered "a small breakdown" and "nervous shock". Despite being in hospital he is said to be up and talking to friends.
He should be able to leave the hospital before the end of the week.
Blatter said: "My brain and my heart are always fine, my body is letting me down."
Blatter's spokesman Klaus Stoehlker told AFP by phone: "He is now, at this moment in hospital. He is preparing to leave on Monday and will be back on the job on Tuesday."
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Suspended Fifa president Sepp Blatter suffered a "medical incident" at the weekend, Swiss radio has reported.
According to sources speaking to the station, Blatter - who was provisionally banned from football for 90 days last month amid allegations of corruption - will have to undergo medical checks over the next 10 days.
Reuters news agency reported a spokesman that Blatter was under evaluation for stress, and that he was not in hospital.
And a spokesman told ITV News his condition is "nothing too serious", adding: "He has just been under a great deal of pressure recently."
He said he was "optimistic" Blatter's condition would improve, and he is expected to be back at work at the start of next week after a few days off.
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