Fifa's ethics committee is hoping to impose a lifetime ban on Uefa president Michel Platini, according to his lawyer. The 60-year-old is currently serving a 90-day ban from all footballing activity along with outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter over an alleged "disloyal payment" of £1.3m ($1.97m) in 2011.
Platini's lawyer, Thibaud d'Ales, told Associated Press a lifetime ban for the three-time Ballon d'Or winner has been recommended, with him describing the demand as a "scandal" and "excessive". He said: "The overreaching of the request really convinces us of this commission's total lack of credibility. There is not a single tangible element in this case that can confirm the suspicions."
Formal proceedings against Platini and Blatter, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, began on 23 November, but a decision is not expected to be made until December at the earliest.
Both have denied any wrongdoing, stating they had an "oral contract" for the consultation work payment. Platini was one of the favourites to replace Blatter as Fifa president until his suspension ruled him of being able to run as a candidate. He is taking his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).
"Obviously we've got the proof that such a deal existed," D'Ales said. "We will submit it to Cas, which will handle the case within a fairly short space of time."