Michel Platini could still run to succeed Sepp Blatter as Fifa president even though the vice-president and outgoing president had their appeals over 90-day bans from football quashed by a committee.
Uefa president Platini and Blatter were suspended on October 8 while a Fifa ethics committee investigated corruption claims against them including an alleged "disloyal payment" of £1.3m to Platini in 2011 for work the former France captain carried out in 1998. Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke was also banned for 90 days. All three deny any wrongdoing.
As well as the payment, Fifa's ethics committee will be looking at claims Blatter mis-sold TV rights to the 2006 World Cup in Germany
On Wednesday, football governing body's appeal committee rejected Platini and Blatter's appeal, which would expire in time for Platini to run to succeed Blatter at the head of football's top table. However, Fifa could impose an additional 45-day sanction throwing Platini's aspirations into doubt as it would expire after the elections on 26 February 2016.
As well as Platini, the candidates for the position are; Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Musa Bility, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa and Tokyo Sexwale. The adjudicatory panel of Fifa's ethics committee is due to hold hearings into the charges before Christmas.