It doesn’t yet seem all over for Sepp Blatter, 79 year old FIFA president. Not too long ago, criminal charges were brought against him by the office of the Swiss Attorney General. Now, in addition to that, Blatter faces the risk of going on a 90 days ban from his FIFA presidency.
Blatter’s ban was recommended against him by the FIFA ethics committee. The reason for the ban was due to the criminal allegation brought against him by the Swiss Attorney General.
The allegations claim that Blatter had acted contrary to FIFA’s interest in a deal signed in 2005 granting TV rights to the Caribbean football agency, then headed by Jack Warner. The second allegation has to do with an accusation of a disloyal payment from Blatter to UEFA president and FIFA presidential hopeful, Michel Plattini.
Blatter has come out to deny all allegations. He also released a statement claiming that he hasn’t been contacted by the FIFA ethics committee in order to defend himself. The 90 day ban could be given in a decision on Thursday by Hans Joachim Eckert, the head of FIFA’s adjudicatory arm.
Michel Plattini also faces the risk of similar ban due to his receipt of the disloyal payment. Plattini defends himself by claiming that the payment was a valid one for work which was done by Plattini for Blatter over the years. If Plattini is given the ban it would seriously hamper his FIFA presidential bid.
Blatter, who won the his fifth tenure as FIFA president in May 29 decided to step down due to allegations of corruption against FIFA. He is planning to step down on 26 February but it seems that his handing over might be rocky.