Michel Platini lost an appeal on Friday against his 90-day suspension in another blow to his hopes of re-entering the race for the presidency of football’s governing body FIFA.
The announcement, which was made by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, also ended the former French international’s hopes of attending Saturday’s draw for the Euro 2016 championship which will be held in France.
Friday’s ruling means that Platini’s only realistic chance of re-entering the presidential race is if he is cleared when the Ethics Committee makes its final ruling on his case, which is expected to happen just before Christmas.
The 60-year-old and Sepp Blatter have both been suspended since October 8, with the investigation centring on a 1.79 million euro payment from FIFA to Platini in 2011 for work he completed between 1998 and 2002.
FIFA will hold an election to find a replacement for Blatter on February 26.