FIFA president Blatter facing provisional suspension for 90 days

FIFA president Blatter facing provisional suspension for 90 days
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Blatter facing suspension by FIFA ethics committee
Blatter facing suspension by FIFA ethics committee

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is facing provisional suspension for 90 days by the organization's ethics committee.

Klaus Stoehlker, a personal adviser to Blatter, confirmed to dpa Wednesday that the committee recommended the suspension following the launch of criminal investigations by the Swiss attorney general.

The decision still needs to be ratified by the adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee led by German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert.

"I spoke with him (Blatter) five minutes ago. He will be in his office tomorrow," Stoehlker said.

Stoehlker also told the BBC: "The news was communicated to the president this afternoon. He is calm. Remember he is the father of the ethics committee.

"This is provisional for 90 days but he is not actually suspended. The committee has not yet made a decision and their meetings continue."

The ethics committee is discussing the Swiss criminal investigation against Blatter at a meeting in Zurich scheduled to last until Friday, committee member Abdoulaye Makhtar Diop confirmed in the Senegalese capital Dakar.

Reports said a decision could be made on Thursday.

The ethics committee is also looking into UEFA president Michel Platini, who was questioned as a witness by Swiss prosecutors over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs (about 2 million dollars) made through Blatter in 2011.

According to Diop, the committee is also looking into FIFA presidential candidate Chung Mong Joon. The South Korean former FIFA vice-president had said this week he was under investigation, while accusing FIFA of trying to sabotage his bid.

Chung on Wednesday accused Blatter of being "a liar and hypocrite" and said he would sue Blatter in Swiss courts for embezzlement.

Blatter meanwhile told a German magazine in a report to be published Thursday he had done nothing wrong.

"The situation is not pleasant. I am prejudged without any evidence of any kind of wrongdoing from my side. That is really quite outrageous," he told Bunte.

The Swiss attorney general's office opened a criminal investigation against Blatter on September 25.

It said 79-year-old Blatter was under suspicion over a 2005 contract with the Caribbean football union which was unfavourable for FIFA.

In addition, he is suspected of a "disloyal payment" of 2 million Swiss francs to Platini in 2011 for "work performed" between 1999 and 2002.

Platini has also denied any wrongdoing and said last week he had written to FIFA's ethics committee asking for a hearing to provide any additional information needed on the affair.

Platini, Chung and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan are the three candidates so far standing to succeed Blatter at an extraordinary FIFA congress on February 26.

Blatter was re-elected president of football's world governing body for a fifth term on May 29 but said four days later he would lay down his mandate.

A 90-day sanction by the ethics committee would see Blatter suspended until early January.

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