Michel Platini: FIFA leaks are an attempt to damage my reputation

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UEFA president Michel Platini has insisted reports that he is to be suspended by FIFA's ethics committee are ''insidious'' leaks that are ''essentially an attempt to damage my reputation''.

Platini and FIFA president Sepp Blatter are both facing a provisional 90-day suspension while ethics committee investigations continue into a ?1.35million payment made to the Frenchman by FIFA in 2011.

Platini said in a statement: " It was reported last night that the investigatory chamber of the FIFA ethics committee intends to recommend to its adjudicatory chamber that I be given a 90-day suspension.

"This is clearly an extremely serious matter - all the more so given that this information appears to have come from an official FIFA source, despite the fact that the ethics committee, which is supposed to act with full independence, has not yet issued its decision.

"This deliberate leak - which is insidious in nature and has come about in an unacceptable manner - is essentially an attempt to damage my reputation."

Platini has not explained the reason for the nine-year delay in being paid the 2million Swiss francs for works carried out as Blatter's technical advisor from 1999 to 2002.

He is, however, insistent that he will stand for the FIFA presidency and on Thursday morning submitted the letters of nomination from supporting associations to FIFA.

He added: " Over the last few weeks, I have stressed my willingness to cooperate fully with the authorities carrying out the various enquiries in compliance with the strictest procedural rules. FIFA, on the other hand, has clearly flouted those rules.

"I have always acted and expressed myself with honesty, courage and candour, as I feel that this is my moral duty. If what is being reported regarding the intentions of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA ethics committee is indeed true, I will stop at nothing to ensure that the truth is known. Nobody should be in any doubt as to my determination to achieve that objective.

"In the meantime, a dispassionate, independent and impartial judicial body needs to shine a light on the events that led the FIFA ethics committee to open these investigatory proceedings.

"This morning I submitted the letters of support that are required in order to stand as a candidate for the presidency of FIFA."

Platini said he would ask all UEFA's 54 member associations to meet in Nyon, Switzerland, shortly and will also meet with all the other confederations and FIFA's member associations.

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