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Suspension keeps Michel Platini out of Fifa presidential election

Sepp Blatter will be replaced on 26th February 2016. Photo: PA

FIFA has confirmed it will not allow Michel Platini to stand in the presidential election while his ban from football-related activity remains in force.

The deadline for presidential nominations is on Monday and UEFA president Platini has already submitted his candidacy for the vote on February 26.

The Frenchman, however, was handed a provisional 90-day suspension together with FIFA president Sepp Blatter two weeks ago.

Both men are being investigated over a £1.35million payment Platini received from Blatter in 2011, which they say related to consultancy work Platini completed nine years earlier.

A FIFA statement read: "Domenico Scala, in his capacity as chairman of the FIFA Ad-hoc Electoral Committee, provided information to the Executive Committee regarding the ongoing process for the FIFA presidential election.

"He explained that candidacies for the FIFA Presidency that are submitted in due time and form, but which relate to candidates who are subject to a (provisional or definite) ban from taking part in any football-related activity, will not be processed by the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee as long as such ban is valid and in force."

Platini denies any wrongdoing and is awaiting the verdict of the FIFA appeals committee after challenging his suspension.

If Platini's suspension is lifted before the election he may be able to re-enter the race. Credit: PA

If Platini's suspension is lifted before the election on February 26, he may be able to re-enter the race.

FIFA's statement continued: "The chairman also told the Executive Committee that, should such a ban be lifted or expire before the FIFA presidential election, scheduled for 26 February 2016, the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee would decide, depending on the respective exact point in time, on how to proceed with the candidacy concerned."

There had also been uncertainty surrounding the timing of the election and whether it might be postponed in light of the investigations into Blatter and Platini.

FIFA's executive committee, however, confirmed at an emergency meeting in Zurich on Tuesday that the vote will go ahead as planned.

The statement read: "FIFA ExCo reconfirms 26 February 2016 as the date of the extraordinary elective congress in Zurich."

In addition to Platini, former Fifa vice-president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, former Trinidad and Tobago player David Nakhid, and Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman al-Khalifa are expected to stand.

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