BREAKING NEWS: UEFA not calling elections during Platini ban


UEFA will not schedule presidential elections until Michel Platini completes the appeals process against his FIFA-imposed suspension from all footballing activities.

Platini and his FIFA counterpart Sepp Blatter were each handed eight-year bans in December following an investigation by FIFA's Independent Ethics Committee into an payment of two million Swiss francs (£1.3m) made by FIFA, and authorised by Blatter, to the former France captain in February 2011.

The Investigatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee is seeking to increase the punishment, meaning Blatter and Platini - who both each deny any wrongdoing - could be landed with life bans from football.

French newspaper L'Equipe reported this week that UEFA would seek to hold an election in May to replace Platini, who entered his post in January 2007.

But in a statement released on Friday, UEFA confirmed that it would not hold any ballot until Platini had carried his appeal to the relevant sporting bodies, possibly including the Court of Arbitration for Sport.