UEFA—the organizing body for European soccer—is preparing for the possibility that Michel Platini will be barred from being elected as FIFA’s president because of his recent suspension from the organization, according to Ben Rumsby of theTelegraph.
The organization hasn’t wavered in its support for Platini but has devised a “plan B” to support a new candidate, should Platini be prevented from being elected.
The European countries reportedly are considering both Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa and UEFA vice president Michael van Praag after holding an emergency meeting of 54 countries.
Platini is the president of UEFA and the vice president of FIFA but has long been tipped to replace controversial president Sepp Blatter once he steps down. A new president is scheduled to be elected Feb. 26, 2016. But Platini and Blatter were suspended from FIFA for 90 days after FIFA claimed Blatter illegally paid Platini £1.3 million in 2011, though the pair claimed that payment was for work done more than nine years ago.
UEFA will likely have to institute its plan B by November if FIFA refuses to rule in favor of Platini during the appeal process and upholds the ban. The organization asked for the appeal to be resolved by mid-November.