FIFA’s governing body has decided to suspend President Sepp Blatter for ninety days.
Members of the FIFA Ethics Committee met this week after the Swiss Attorney General opened criminal proceedings against Sepp Blatter, 79, in September. They recommend a 90-day suspension.
Switzerland’s Sepp Blatter has been accused of signing a contract “unfavorable” to football management and of “unfair payment” to 60-year-old UEFA President Michel Platini.
Sepp Blatter, who has ruled FIFA since 1998, and Michel Platini, who wants to succeed him, deny any wrongdoing.
The final decision will be made on October 9 by Hans Joachim Eckhert, head of FIFA’s Ethics Court, according to a close friend of Sepp Blatter.
No decision has been made on whether to stop Michel Platini.
On October 7, Sepp Blatter told a German magazine that he had been “convicted without evidence of wrongdoing.”
The Judicial Chamber of the Ethics Committee has been sitting in Zurich since October 5.
The investigation focuses on allegations allegedly related to a 2005 television rights deal between FIFA and Jack Warner, the former president of CONCACAF, the governing body of football in North and Central America and the Caribbean.
A payment of 2 million Swiss francs, which Michel Platini received in 2011 for working for Sepp Blatter, is also being investigated. He claims that this is “valid compensation” for work done more than nine years ago.
Michel Platini provided information to the criminal investigation, but said he did so as a witness.
Swiss prosecutors said Michel Platini was treated as “between witness and accused” while investigating corruption at FIFA.