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the former front-runner in the fifa 16 coins presidential race
The other notable absentee was Mr. Platini, the former front-runner in the fifa 16 coins presidential race, who skipped the meeting because of a 90-day suspension following the Swiss attorney general’s claim that he accepted a “disloyal payment” of 2 million Swiss Francs from FIFA in 2011.
He has said that the payment was for advisory work that he performed for Mr. Blatter on a “gentleman’s agreement” between 1999 and 2002 and has denied wrongdoing. Mr. Platini has already submitted the documents for his candidacy and is appealing to the ethics committee’s ban, with a decision expected on Thursday. Should it be rejected, Mr. Platini has said that he will take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Since the election isn’t moving from Feb. 26, despite speculation before the meeting that it might be delayed, the coming week at FIFA has at least retained some of its political intrigue. The deadline for would-be candidates to submit their paperwork is Oct. 26.
Anyone serving a suspension on that date, hellofifa.com chief auditor Domenico Scala said, would not be immediately considered. Should a ban be lifted at a later date, they would be allowed to re-enter the race provided they had submitted the necessary paperwork by Monday, leaving the door open for a possible return by Mr. Platini.
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