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French Minister Questions Ban on Would-Be FIFA Chief Platini

France's sports minister publicly questioned the legitimacy of FIFA's ethics committee after it imposed an eight-year ban that seriously endangers fellow-Frenchman Michel Platini's prospects of becoming the next head of the world football body. Patrick Kanner said he still backed Platini, head of the powerful European soccer body UEFA, and questioned whether he had been given a fair hearing by a committee he said was close to the old guard of the FIFA world soccer...

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