Under-fire FIFA President Sepp Blatter is on the brink of being suspended from football, after an adviser confirmed the investigatory arm of the football body’s ethics committee had recommended the sanction, reports claim.
The decision, which still needs to be ratified by the adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee led by German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, would see Blatter suspended until early January.
Blatter came under risk of suspension after the FIFA ethics committee opened proceedings into claims that he mis-sold a World Cup TV rights contract to disgraced Jack Warner in 2006 and made a “disloyal payment” of £1.3m to UEFA President Michel Platini in 2011.
FIFA sources said that the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee, chaired by Cornel Borbély, has recommended that Blatter be suspended provisionally for 90 days.
“What we know is that president Blatter was told he could be suspended for 90 days. The ethics committee has not taken any key decisions, they are waiting for further investigations. There is no guilt impugned,” said Stöhlker. “They put the ball to Mr Lauber in Switzerland. He is now in position for further investigation. At least president Blatter has not flown away from his throne but is still in power. It’s a very difficult situation. It’s not good for global football.”
Michael Lauber is the Swiss attorney general who last month said that Blatter was facing criminal investigation over the Warner contract and the payment to Platini, whose fate is also in the hands of the ethics committee.