Football: Platini gets backing from South Americans

PARIS (AFP) - The South American football confederation (Conmebol) on Saturday gave its backing to Uefa chief Michel Platini, saying it was against the 90-day ban imposed on him by Fifa.

The 60-year-old, who is running to take over from Sepp Blatter as head of Fifa early next year, was handed the ban on Thursday as part of a Fifa investigation into fraud and corruption among its leaders.

The Frenchman, who is also a vice-president of Fifa, has launched an official appeal against the sanction and he will be boosted by the support he has received from the powerful Conmebol body.

A statement from Conmebol said: "The confederation does not agree with the decision provisionally banning Fifa presidential candidate Mr Michel Platini from all football-related activities.

"It is imperative that sporting justice continues its course in order to clarify all of the facts as soon and definitely as possible. At the same time the presumption of innocence is a fundamental right that has to be considered.

"Mr Platini has not been found guilty of any charge, therefore the provisional ban jeopardises the integrity of the electoral process to the Fifa presidency, of which Mr Platini is a candidate. The confederation, considering the above, believes that the ban is untimely and disproportionate."