Michel Platini has taken his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport ©Getty Images

Michel Platini has filed an urgent appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against FIFA's decision to suspend him from all football activity for 90 days as he tries to find a way to be allowed to stand for President of football's world governing body. 

The Frenchman, currently head of UEFA, initially contested his ban directly with world football's governing body but was told on Wednesday (November 18) that the FIFA Appeal Committee had rejected his claim.

That decision gave the the former French international the option to take his case to the CAS in Lausanne - something he was widely expected to do and has now been confirmed.

"Michel Platini has filed an urgent appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the FIFA Appeal Committee decision, dated 3 November 2015 and notified on 18 November 2015, confirming the decision rendered on 7 October 2015 by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee to impose a provisional ban of 90 days on Michel Platini from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level," said a CAS statement today.

"In his appeal, Michel Platini has also requested that the current provisional suspension be stayed until a final decision of FIFA on the merits of this case.

"The appeal has been notified to FIFA also today.

"The CAS will determine the next steps of this procedure next week, after consultation with the parties concerned."

FIFA have been informed of the appeal, with the CAS set to meet next week
FIFA have been informed of the appeal, with the CAS set to meet next week ©Getty Images

The 60-year-old Platini was suspended along with outgoing FIFA President Sepp Blatter in October after a probe into a "disloyal" payment of CHF 2 million (£1.3 million/$2.1 million/€1.8 million) made to him by the Swiss.

This was supposedly for work the former international star carried out for the governing body between 1999 and 2002, but he was notpaid until 2011 and the nine-year gap has raised suspicions.

Blatter, also accused of signing an unfavourable contract with the Caribbean Football Union, had his appeal thrown out by FIFA as well and has the option to take things to the CAS too, although it has not yet been confirmed that the 79-year-old will take further action.

Platini's hopes of succeeding him are hanging by a thread with a Presidential election scheduled to take place at FIFA's Extraordinary Congress in Zurich on February 26.

Due to his suspension, his candidature has not yet been processed but he could yet be allowed to stand should he not be subject to any sanctions in time for the vote.

His suspension, as with Blatter's, is due to expire on January 5, although FIFA's Ethics Committee does have the power to trigger 45-day extensions.

According to insideworldfootball, the duo face being banned for seven years if found guilty of wrongdoing.

South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale, Jordan's Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, France's Jérôme Champagne, Switzerland's Gianni Infantino and Bahrain's Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa are confirmed Presidential candidates so far.

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