Sepp Blatter, Platini Could Be Suspended
Sepp Blatter
FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA leader Michel Platini are under investigation by FIFA’s independent ethics committee and could face suspension, media reported on Sunday, AFP reports.

Switzerland’s Schweiz am Sonntag weekly said it had information indicating that the two most powerful men in football were in the sights of the ethics committee and could soon be suspended.

Committee spokesman Andreas Bantel told the paper he could not comment on individual cases, but hinted at committee activity.

“If there is an initial suspicion, the investigatory chamber initiates a formal procedure,” he said, insisting the rules apply to everyone in football “regardless of position or name.”

British media also said the FIFA ethics committee had opened an inquiry into the 79-year-old Blatter and Platini, his 60-year-old former ally.

The massive corruption scandal that has engulfed world football since May made its way to the top of football’s governing body Friday when Swiss authorities said the Blatter was under criminal investigation.

UEFA chief Platini, who was favourite to win an election to find a successor to Blatter, had come under scrutiny over two-million-dollar payment.

If he is suspended Platini could be barred from standing in the February 26 election.

There have been months of probes following raids in Zurich on May 27 which led to the indictment of more 14 top officials and sports business executives.

Swiss prosecutors said Blatter was being investigated over the 2005 sale of World Cup television rights to the Caribbean Football Union, then run by his former ally Jack Warner, a deal which had been “unfavourable for FIFA”.
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