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Michel Platini's FIFA ban upheld by Court of Arbitration for Sport

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Michel Platini's provisional 90-day FIFA ban has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, who ordered the governing body not to extend the length of the suspension.

The head of UEFA had appealed his ban, but the quasi-judicial body rejected his claim, meaning he will be unable to attend Saturday afternoon's Euro 2016 draw.

The 60-year-old was suspended in October, along with FIFA president Sepp Blatter, while corruption charges were investigated. Both men deny any wrongdoing.

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Accusations were made that a £1.35 million payment was made in 2011 for work Platini did as an adviser for Blatter.

The Frenchman claims the payment was owed after an oral agreement made between the two when he began his role as FIFA's technical adviser in 1998.

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Both men will face individual hearings next week with a verdict expected to be announced on December 21.

Ethics investigator's, who handed down the original suspension, have advised a lifetime ban is a suitable punishment for UEFA's chief.

Blatter will be stepping down from his post as FIFA president and the governing body will appointing a new figure at a special congress on 26 February, 2016.

The draw for next summer's showpiece event is the biggest moment in the buildup to the tournament in Platini's home country.

Fans from across the continent will be tuning in to see who their nation is drawn with for the competition that kicks off on June 10.

England are in pot one and could draw one of Wales, Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland, who are in pot four.

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