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MICHEL Pla­tini and Sepp Blat­ter are both fac­ing pos­si­ble life­time bans on cor­rup­tion charges brought by FIFA’s ethics com­mit­tee. UEFA pres­i­dent Pla­tini’s lawyer has con­firmed the rec­om­men­da­tion by ethics in­ves­ti­ga­tors is for a life­time ban for the French­man and it is be­lieved the same rec­om­mended sanc­tion ap­plies to the case of out­go­ing FIFA pres­i­dent Blat­ter. The rec­om­mended sanc­tions re­late to cor­rup­tion charges brought over a £1.3mil­lion pay­ment made to Pla­tini from FIFA in 2011 that was signed off by Blat­ter. The pair also face charges of mis­man­age­ment, con­flict of in­ter­est, false ac­count­ing and non co-op­er­a­tion with or crit­i­cis­ing the ethics com­mit­tee. For­mal hear­ings into al­le­ga­tions of FIFA’s ethics code breaches will take place later this month. It is un­der­stood Blat­ter is also fac­ing cor­rup­tion charges, which un­der Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport guide­lines carry a life­time ban if proved. Blat­ter’s spokesman Klaus Stoehlker said the 79-year-old had yet to be in­formed of the rec­om­mended sanc­tion but was “deeply sur­prised” to learn of that fac­ing Pla­tini. Both men are cur­rently serv­ing a pro­vi­sional 90-day sus­pen­sion.

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