Sepp Blatter has been told he is facing a 90-day provisional suspension from FIFA’s ethics committee – a move which would finally spell the end of his time as president.
FIFA’s ethics committee met this week after the Swiss attorney general opened criminal proceedings against Blatter over a £1.3m payment to UEFA President Michel Platini.
It is understood the investigatory arm has recommended a 90-day suspension for Blatter but that the German adjudicatory judge Joachim Eckert has yet to make a final decision.
Klaus Stohlker, a friend and adviser to Blatter, said that FIFA’s ethics committee has made the ruling pending further investigations by the Swiss attorney general.
He described it as a “pending” verdict, and said no negative finding had been made against Blatter.
“There is no suspension active. President Blatter was told he could be suspended for 90 days,” said Stohlker.
“The first floor [investigatory chamber] has taken the decision today – they have taken the decision. That’s why the second [adjudicatory chamber] needs to take the decision. We do not know when that second decision will be taken.”
He’s Unaware – Lawyers
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has not been informed of any action against him, his lawyers said on Wednesday, following reports the world football chief was facing suspension.
“President Blatter has not been notified of any action taken by the Fifa Ethics Committee,” a joint statement issued by his lawyers said, adding that Blatter had also not been asked to speak before the disciplinary panel.