UEFA president Michel Platini's latest attempt to have his provisional suspension from all football-related activities lifted has proven unsuccessful after it was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. However, CAS has additionally ruled that Fifa should not extend the 90-day ban beyond its current expiry date on 5 January 2016.
"The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has partially upheld the request for provisional measures filed by Michel Platini requesting that his 90-day provisional suspension from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international levels be lifted until a final decision on the merits of the dispute is taken by the FIFA Ethics Committee," an official statement read.
CAS went on to state that upholding the suspension in its current guise does not cause "irreparable harm" to Platini at this stage and that representatives from Fifa had reiterated earlier assurances that the final decision from its ethics committee would arrive on or before that aforementioned date.
Regarding their decision not to allow the ban to be extended, they added: "However, the CAS Panel considered that the situation would change if FIFA were to extend the provisional suspension for any period up to 45 days, on the basis of "exceptional circumstances" as permitted by Art. 85 of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
"The Panel found that such an extension would constitute an undue and unjustified restriction of Michel Platini's right of access to justice, cause irreparable harm to him and also tip the balance of interest test in his favour. As a consequence, the CAS Panel ordered FIFA not to extend the current provisional suspension imposed on Michel Platini."
The decision not to to lift Platini's initial suspension means that the former France international, who was previously considered as one of the frontrunners to replace Sepp Blatter as Fifa president during next year's elections, will not be in attendance at the Euro 2016 draw in Paris this weekend.