first_imgAside from the Swiss probe, the United States justice Aside from the Swiss probe, the United States justice department has charged 14 ex-FIFA officials and sports marketing executives with more than $150 million of bribery and corruption dating back decades. Those indictments, unsealed in May, uncorked the scandal that has shaken world football and grown seemingly wider each week. Appeals by both Blatter and Platini against their 90-day suspensions were rejected this week, and Platini has taken his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with a decision expected by the end of the month. Reversing the suspension which lasts until January 5 is crucial to the French football legend, because the provisional ban has thrown the brakes on his campaign to replace Blatter. Platini, the head of European football until his suspension, had been the favourite to win FIFAs presidential vote scheduled for February 26, until he became engulfed in the raging FIFA scandal. While suspended, Platini cannot lobby regional confederations to support his candidacy, while the five other men vying for the job — who have already passed FIFAs integrity tests — are free to campaign. The 60-year-old ex-Juventus star has denied all wrongdoing and has insisted that he can still lead world football out of an era that has seen its reputation stained at the highest levels of the game. Blatter has also remained defiant throughout, insisting that he has done nothing wrong and that all financial impropriety that took place under his watch was the fault of rogue operators. After winning election to a fifth term as FIFAs president, Blatter announced that he would go when his successor is chosen at a special congress called for February. Despite the suspension, Blatters camp has insisted that he will return to the presidency before the vote. AFP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more