Fifa corruption claims: Uefa boss Michel Platini follows Sepp Blatter's lead and appeals 90 day suspension

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Uefa president Michel Platini has followed Sepp Blatter's lead by appealing his 90 day ban from Fifa over allegations of corruption.

Read more: Fifa suspends president Sepp Blatter and Uefa's Michel Platini

​Platini and the embattled Fifa president, along with Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke, were all suspended from footballing activity by the Fifa ethics committee this week as it looks into corruption claims against the three administrators.

The ethics committee began its probe into Platini and Blatter after the Swiss attorney general opened criminal proceedings against the latter for making a "disloyal" £1.4m payment to the former which could have "acted against the interest of Fifa".

Blatter paid Platini in in 2011 for work performed nine years earlier between 1999 and 2002.

Both parties deny any wrongdoing and have appealed the decision.

Platini is mounting a bid to replace 79-year-old Blatter who says he will step down at an extraordinary elective congress in February.

The former French international still has the backing of Uefa including the English FA, although chairman Greg Dyke has said it is provisional on the outcome of the ethics committee's findings.

He said:

If the ethics committee reaches a conclusion that Mr Platini has not behaved properly or has behaved dishonestly then of course the FA will not support him.

That's why we said in our statement that we are awaiting the results of the investigation - we need to see the evidence.

Fifa's executive committee will hold an emergency meeting on 20 October in Zurich to discuss February's presidential election.

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