Sepp Blatter has been given a 90 day ban, with allegations of suspicion of “disloyal payment” of 2m Swiss francs (£1.3m) to Mr Platini, which was “allegedly made for work performed between January 1999 and June 2002”. The FIFA President is currently appealing the suspension ruling.
Klaus Stohlker, Blatter’s friend and adviser has stated that “He has appealed already to Fifa’s appeal committee. He is defending his position and he is sure that he will be found not guilty.” Blatter’s lawyers also confirmed they were seeking to overturn his ban.
Blatter, who has run Fifa since 1998, and Platini, who wants to succeed him, deny any unlawful business operations. A final decision about the case against Mr Blatter was made today by Hans Joachim Eckhert, the head of Fifa’s ethics adjudicatory chamber, after giving Blatter the suspension on Thursday 8th October.
The ethics committee met this week after the Swiss attorney general opened criminal proceedings against Mr Blatter over a £1.3m payment to UEFA President Michel Platini.
Klaus Stoehlker, who has advised Mr Blatter in the past, says the committee gave suspension ruling, based on an investigation.
The announcement comes just hours after Mr Blatter criticised the criminal investigation against him in Switzerland, describing it as “outrageous”.
He has also defended his innocence with a decision to remain as head of the football organising body and not step down immediately, as FIFA sponsers and stakeholders have urged.
Sky News Sports reporter Paul Kelso says the suspension is “very, very significant news”, adding that, if confirmed by Judge Eckhert, it “could very well be the end of Mr Blatter’s 17 rocky years in power”.
Sepp Blatter’s Suspension came only hours after 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”.
Fifa will hold an emergency meeting on 20 October in Zurich to discuss it’s presidential election due next February.