Paris: FIFA’s ethics watchdog wants Michel Platini banned for life over a suspect payment, the European football chief’s lawyer told AFP yesterday.

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Platini, a FIFA vice president, is already serving a 90-day suspension while an investigation is held into a $2 million sum he received from FIFA president Sepp Blatter who is also suspended. Platini’s lawyer Thibaud d’Ales revealed FIFA’s life ban demand which he described as a “scandal” and “excessive”.

“This ban is subject to the proof of corruption, but the punishment is clearly excessive,” D’Ales said. “It’s not based on anything in the case.”

Blatter’s representatives refused to comment on whether the same request has been made against the Swiss official. FIFA’s adjudicatory chamber announced on Monday that it has opened a case against Blatter and Platini. Both men have denied any wrongdoing.