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Sepp Blatter: Fifa president facing 90-day suspension
07 October 2015 19:34 Post ID: #557304
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Members of Fifa's ethics committee have recommended the sanction after the Swiss attorney general opened criminal proceedings against Blatter.
He is accused of signing a contract "unfavourable" to football's governing body and making a "disloyal payment" to Uefa president Michel Platini.
Blatter, who has run Fifa since 1998, and Platini, who wants to succeed him, deny any wrongdoing.
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 told BBC Sport: "The news was communicated to the president this afternoon. He is calm. Remember he is the father of the ethics committee.
"This is provisional for 90 days but he is not actually suspended. The committee has not yet made a decision and their meetings continue."

On Wednesday, 79-year-old Swiss Blatter told a German magazine that he was being "condemned without there being any evidence for wrongdoing".
The ethics committee had been meeting in Zurich since Monday and have yet to make a decision on Platini, 60.
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.
It is also examining a payment of two million Swiss francs (£1.35m) that Platini received in 2011 for working for Blatter. He claims it was "valid compensation" for work carried out more than nine years previously.
The Frenchman has provided information to the criminal investigation but said he has done so as a witness.

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.
Clive Efford MP, Labour's shadow sports minister, said: "Sepp Blatter's term as Fifa president is due to end in March and it is not acceptable for him to return unless all of the investigations into corruption are completed and he is found innocent."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/34468663
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08 October 2015 09:20 Post ID: #557309 - in reply to #557304
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"in between a witness and an accused person"

I have heard and read some mealy mouthed garbage in my time but wtf does this mean?

In between reality and some sort of twilight zone more like. What a load of :117:
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08 October 2015 18:41 Post ID: #557321 - in reply to #557304
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You get the feeling that the net is well and truly closing in on this lot at long, long last. It will still be a while yet but, as I've said before, you have to hand it to the good old US of A, when they set their sights and when they know they've got you, they've got you.

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07 November 2015 08:35 Post ID: #558905 - in reply to #557304
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I see Sepp is testing out the old "too ill to face prosecution" route - being treated for 'stress' apparently.

Aka getting his medical excuses in early whilst on suspension so that when the chips really fall he will be deemed unable to face any consequences.

FFS. Slimy toad.
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24 November 2015 13:35 Post ID: #559556 - in reply to #557304
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Platini is facing a lifetime ban from the game for his $2m "salary" he took in 2011. Maybe all of the vitriol about money and fair play came from teams influencing him in a specific way to get City and PSG out of Europe. I wonder if he gets banned if he'll start talking to get himself back in.
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