Sepp Blatter has been president of Fifa since 1998
Fifa president Sepp Blatter is facing a 90-day provisional
Members of Fifa’s ethics committee have recommended the
sanction after the Swiss attorney general opened criminal
proceedings against the 79-year-old.
He is accused of signing a contract “unfavourable” to
football’s governing body and making a “disloyal payment”
to Uefa president Michel Platini.
Blatter denies any wrongdoing and his lawyers said he had
“not been notified of any action”.
European football’s chief Platini – who wants to succeed
Blatter – has said the payment was “valid compensation”
from his time working under the Swiss more than nine years
The investigatory chamber of Fifa’s ethics committee has
requested the ban and a final decision is likely to be made
on Thursday by Hans Joachim Eckhert, the head of Fifa’s
ethics adjudicatory chamber.
Blatter’s adviser Klauss Stohlker had said the Fifa president
was “calm” after being told the news, but a statement from
his legal representatives denied this.
It said: “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.”
BBC Radio 5 live sports correspondent Richard Conway
“It’s a very confusing picture emerging from Zurich.
“As of right now, Sepp Blatter is still in charge of Fifa. But
that could all change on Thursday.
“He is scheduled to leave office on 26 February, so he is
coming to the end of his time anyway – but this is
certainly not the way Blatter wanted to leave Fifa.
“He wanted to go out having restored some credibility
and integrity to his own role, and to Fifa itself.”
On Wednesday, Blatter told a German magazine that he was
being “condemned without there being any evidence for
The investigation is centred on allegations believed to be
around a 2005 TV 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.
The ethics committee had been meeting in Zurich since
Monday and have yet to make a decision on Platini, 60.
It is also examining a payment of two million Swiss francs
(£1.35m) that Platini received in 2011 for working for
The Frenchman has provided information to the criminal
investigation but said he has done so as a witness.
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Swiss prosecutors said he is being treated as “in between a
witness and an accused person” as they investigate
corruption at world football’s governing body.
The latest development came hours after former Fifa vice-
president Chung Mong-joon, who is also under
investigation by Fifa’s ethics committee, told BBC Sport that
his campaign to succeed Blatter was being “smeared”.
Blatter won a fifth consecutive Fifa presidential election on
29 May but, following claims of corruption, announced his
decision to step down on 2 June. He is due to finish his
term at a Fifa extraordinary congress on 26 February.