PARIS: FIFA's ethics watchdog wants Michel Platini to be banned for life over a suspect payment, the European football chief's lawyer declared on Tuesday.
Platini is serving a 90-day suspension on corruption charges over a $2 million payment he received from FIFA president Sepp Blatter who is also suspended.
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Platini's lawyer Thibaud d'Ales described FIFA's life ban demand as a "scandal" and "excessive".
Blatter's representatives refused to comment on whether the same request has been made against the Swiss official.
FIFA's investigatory chamber announced Monday that it has opened a case and a decision is expected to be handed down next month. Until then Platini is forbidden to take part in the race to become Blatter's successor as president of FIFA.
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He is one of five official candidates to run football's scandal-hit ruling body with the election scheduled for February 26.