UEFA delays election until Michel Platini appeals process is over

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UEFA will not hold an election to replace Michel Platini as its president until the appeals process against the Frenchman's eight-year ban has been exhausted.

Platini was banned along with FIFA president Sepp Blatter last month over a ?1.3million payment he received from FIFA in 2011. He has appealed to FIFA's appeals committee and is expected to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if that fails.

UEFA's executive committee met on Friday and decided to delay any election until the outcome of that process. Platini has already withdrawn as a candidate for next month's FIFA presidential election.

A statement from UEFA said: "The UEFA executive committee decided there will be no UEFA presidential election scheduled until the sports justice appeal bodies, including potentially the Court of Arbitration for Sport, have taken a decision regarding Michel Platini's suspension.

"The UEFA executive committee and UEFA's national associations would like to state that we have taken note of the decision of the FIFA ethics committee to suspend the UEFA president, Michel Platini. We hope his name is cleared and that he can return to the European football family as quickly as possible."

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