FIFA: Blatter faced with 90-day suspension

FIFA: Blatter faced with 90-day suspension

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is facing a 90-day provisional suspension according to a report.

Members of the soccer governing body’s ethics committee have recommended the sanction after criminal proceedings have been opened by the Swiss attorney-general against Blatter.

Blatter has been accused of inking a contract that has put FIFA at a “disadvantage” and making a “disloyal payment” to UEFA president Michel Platini.

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He had earlier deny any wrongdoing and his lawyers said his camp has “not been notified of any action”.

Blatter’s long-term confidant Klaus Stoehlker said the decision by judge Hans-Joachim Eckert on the provisional suspension was expected by Friday.

“There is no final decision, this is a recommendation from the lower part of the Ethics Committee to the upper part,” said Stoehlker, who added that Blatter had been informed of the development.

“President Blatter will be in his office at FIFA tomorrow,” he said.

Platini, the European football chief who wants to take over Blatter’s position, have made claims that the said payment was a “valid compensation” from his tme working under the Swiss more than nine years ago.

The investigatory chamber of Fifa’s ethics committee has requested the ban and a final decision is likely to be made on Thursday by Hans Joachim Eckhert, the head of Fifa’s ethics adjudicatory chamber.

Should the suspension on Blatter be handed with finality, under FIFA’s statutes, the most senior vice-president, Cameroonian Issa Hayatou, the African football head, would become interim president until an election is held to choose Blatter’s replacement on February 26, 2016.

The 79-year-old Blatter, who has worked for the governing body for four decades now, has been FIFA president since 1998. He started as a technical director before assuming the post of secretary general under former president Joao Havelange in 1981.

Last month, Swiss prosecutors have started a criminal investigation on Blatter over a Caribbean World Cup TV rights contract he signed, and a 2-million Swiss francs ($2.1 million) payment to Platini.