Football Association suspend support for Michel Platini FIFA presidency bid

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The Football Association has suspended its support for Michel Platini's candidacy for the FIFA presidency.

The move follows a UEFA meeting on Thursday where FA officials were given further information surrounding a ?1.35million payment to Platini in 2011 from FIFA president Sepp Blatter which has led to both men being provisionally banned pending an ethics committee hearing.

An FA statement said: "At the UEFA meeting the FA learnt more information relating to the issues at the centre of this case from Mr Platini's lawyers. We have been instructed that the information must be kept confidential and therefore we cannot go into specifics.

"As a result of learning this information, the FA board has this morning concluded that it must suspend its support for Mr Platini's candidature for the FIFA presidency until the legal process has been concluded and the position is clear.

"A decision can then be taken on who to support in the Presidential election on February 26 2016."

The FA said it supported UEFA's statement that Platini, who remains president of the European governing body, had a right to a fair process and for it to be carried out by mid-November.

It added: "The FA supports the statement issued by UEFA on Thursday concerning the ethics case against Michel Platini.

"This statement expressed respect for the significant work performed by Mr Platini at UEFA, requested that he be afforded due process in contesting the charges, and encouraged the relevant bodies involved to reach a final decision on the merits of the case by mid-November.

"The FA wishes Mr Platini every success in fighting these charges and clearing his name, and has no interest in taking any action that jeopardises this process."

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