FIFA is at the brink of slapping a 90-day-suspension on president Sepp Blatter after the Swiss attorney general opened a case against him. At 79-year-old, he is accused of signing a contract of a “disloyal payment” to Michael Platini.
Both Blatter and Platini had denied any wrongdoings. His lawyers confirmed that Blatter hasn’t been notified about any suspension.
UEFA chief and former French superstar Michael Platini has clarified that the payment was a “valid compensation” for services during that period under the Swiss. Platini took several steps against Blatter in the last FIFA votes were the Swiss was re-elected as the FIFA boss.
“We would expect that the ethics committee would want to hear from the president and his counsel, and conduct a thorough review of the evidence, before making any recommendation to take disciplinary action,” according to a statement from the legal representatives of Blatter.
On Wednesday, a calm and cool Blatter said to a German magazine that he had been “condemned without there being any evidence for wrongdoing”.
A TV rights deal in 2005 made between FIFA and Jack Warner, the former chief of Concacaf region, sparked controversy and opened a can of worms. Allegations of severe misappropriation of funds eclipsed the FIFA headquarters.
The ethics committee started a fresh meeting in Zurich on Monday but is yet to decide anything on 60-year-old Platini. A payment of 2 million Swiss francs was made to Platini which is under scanner now.