UEFA president Michel Platini's appeal against the 90-day provisional ban meted out to him by the FIFA Ethics Committee has been rejected.
Platini, along with FIFA president Sepp Blatter, and FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke, were handed the suspension on 8 October, after the trio was found guilty of taking part in illegal activities.
The UEFA president decided to contest the ban -- backed by the South American confederation CONMEBOL -- just days later. However, the FIFA Ethics Committee announced on Monday that the former French footballer's appeal stands rejected.
"The argument put forward by Michel Platini's lawyers that their client had not had the possibility to defend himself before the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Fifa Ethics Committee before his suspension is not valid," a FIFA spokesperson said.
"After the Investigatory Chamber of the Fifa Ethics Committee had heard him for more than five hours on October 1, 2015 (with the hearing documented on more than 50 pages), the chairman of the Adjudicatory Chamber, Hans-Joachim Eckert, did not see a need for a second hearing with Mr Platini."
Meanwhile, the governing body of world football announced that Worawi Makudi, the President of the Thai Football Association, has been also handed a 90-day suspension from all footballing activities.
"This decision against Worawi Makudi followed a request from the chairman of the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee, Dr Cornel Borbély. The case is now the subject of formal investigation proceedings," a statement from the FIFA Ethics Committee said.
"The ban covers all national and international activity and is effective immediately."