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Sports Arbitration Court Affirms Platini's Suspension

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FILE - UEFA President Michel Platini smiles as he arrives for a hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, Dec. 8, 2015.

FILE - UEFA President Michel Platini smiles as he arrives for a hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, Dec. 8, 2015.

Michel Platini has lost his appeal to lift a 90-day ban by the global football (soccer) association FIFA, as he fights corruption charges.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced its ruling Friday in Lausanne, Switzerland, ensuring that Platini, the president of the European football union (UEFA), will not be able to attend Saturday's Euro 16 draw in Paris.

In setting aside Platini's appeal, the court said it determined that the 90-day ban would not cause Platini "irreparable harm." However, the court also barred FIFA from extending the length of the ban.

FIFA's ethics committee is set to hear a disciplinary case against Platini next week. The UEFA president is named in a Swiss criminal investigation that contends he received an illegal $2 million payment from FIFA in 2011, authorized by the international football association's now-suspended president, Sepp Blatter.

The Lausanne panel said its decision Friday should not be seen as a judgment about Platini's guilt or innocence on the corruption charges, which could lead to a lifetime ban on his sports activities.

Platini, who had been favored to become FIFA's next president, and Blatter both were Blatter and Platini were suspended in October, engulfed by the deepening corruption scandal.

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