Platini appeals ban, backed by CONMEBOL

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(AP) -- Michel Platini lodged an appeal Saturday with FIFA against his 90-day suspension and was backed by the South American confederation, which called for the European soccer leader to be allowed to stand in the presidential election to succeed Sepp Blatter.

CONMEBOL's intervention comes ahead of a FIFA executive committee meeting later this month which is poised to discuss whether to delay the Feb. 26 emergency presidential election.

FIFA's ethics committee imposed a provisional 90-day ban on Platini on Thursday after a payment the UEFA president received from the world body became embroiled in a Swiss criminal investigation.