The South American soccer confederation says the integrity of the FIFA presidential election has been jeopardized after world soccer's governing body suspended contender Michel Platini.

A provisional 90-day ban was imposed on the UEFA president on Thursday after a payment he received from FIFA became embroiled in a Swiss criminal investigation.

Although Platini's ban expires before the presidential election - scheduled for Feb. 26 - he's unlikely to now pass FIFA integrity checks after the Oct. 26 deadline for the submission of candidacies.

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CONMEBOL has joined Platini's UEFA in backing the former France captain, who had been considered the election front-runner.

CONMEBOL says ''Platini has not been found guilty of any charge, therefore the provisional ban jeopardizes the integrity of the electoral process to the FIFA presidency.''