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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:04 pm 
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Blatter and Platini suspended for 90 days.

Fifa: Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini & Jerome Valcke suspended

Fifa has provisionally suspended its president Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jerome Valcke and vice-president Michel Platini for 90 days.

Former Fifa vice-president Chung Mong-joon has been banned for six years and fined 100,000 Swiss Francs (£67,000).

The punishments were handed out by the ethics committee of football's world governing body.

Blatter, Valcke and Uefa president Platini are being investigated by the committee over corruption allegations.

"The grounds for these decisions are the investigations that are being carried out by the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee," it said in a statement.

The three are banned from any football activity in the interim. They deny any wrongdoing.

Fifa's ethics committee began its investigation into Blatter after the Swiss attorney general opened criminal proceedings against the 79-year-old.

He is accused of signing a contract "unfavourable" to Fifa and making a "disloyal payment" to Platini - who is also president of European football's governing body, Uefa.

The ethics committee also opened an inquiry into Platini over the 2m euro (£1.35m) payment - which was made nine years after the 60-year-old carried out consultation work for Blatter.
Valcke was already on gardening leave from his Fifa post following newspaper allegations last month which implicated the 54-year-old in a scheme to profit from the sale of World Cup tickets.
Earlier this year, United States authorities indicted 14 Fifa officials and associates on bribery and racketeering charges. A simultaneous Swiss investigation was started into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Just two days later, on 29 May, Blatter won a fifth consecutive Fifa presidential election. However, on 2 June he announced his decision to step down in the wake of the corruption allegations.
He is due to finish his term at a Fifa extraordinary congress on 26 February.

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It's a good job that they're actually starting to act but it feels like to little to late with this lot.

What worries me is Greg Dyke puts his weight behind Platini as a candidate even though Plantini was the cheer leader for Qatar and obviously benefitted personally from it.

FIFA as an organisation is broken and I'm not sure it can be fixed it needs to exist but the structure of it doesn't work and I'm not sure anyone knows how to make it work.


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Platini :lol: ..

How can it be done ..it is a huge institution .. brick by brick closing all loop holes ?..making amendments .. who knows .??. there are so many federation which itself are corrupted ..

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This is the problem they're not a government they're no accountable to anyone they aren't elected by football fans or the public and they whole thing is setup to be very secrative why else would you base your headquarters in Switzerland!

The problem is all over the world different countries/governments have different attitudes to how things are done here in the West we aren't so keen on blatant bribery but in some parts of the world that's just the way things are done if you want anything to happen.

1 country 1 vote doesn't work one way to change that would maybe be 1 continent 1 vote

The individual countries vote for the leader of their continent and these leaders can only serve 2 terms (8 years) if you can't achieve what you want to achieve in 8 years frankly you're not fit for purpose you have to stop it becoming an old boys network. These leaders on continents then vote for the overall president again fixed for 2 terms.

You maybe need to split some of the bigger continents like Europe/Asia/Africa up in to regions as these associations have 50-60 countries whereas North/South America don't even have that between them.


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The 90-day suspensions of the Fifa and Uefa presidents Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini for alleged misconduct, which both men are appealing against, have gone some way to contradicting the perception that the Fifa ethics committee lacks independence and was the president’s tool. Just the day before, the Korean former Fifa executive committee member Chung Mong-joon was raging that the ethics committee, which had proceedings against him, was a “hitman” for Blatter, to remove his opponents.

That was how it seemed to many in football when Hans-Joachim Eckert, the Munich judge who chairs the “adjudicatory”, sanction-deciding arm of the ethics committee, published his summary of the report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process prepared by Michael Garcia, then the chairman of the investigatory branch. Devoting four specific paragraphs to Blatter’s role, Eckert’s summary seemed to go out of its way to absolve the Fifa president by name of any wrongdoing, and explicitly praising his conduct.

Eckert, in “remarks to president Blatter”, noted that the Fifa president had “implemented a number of critical reforms, including those that made this inquiry possible”. The judge also said of Blatter: “As head of the organisation, he also deserves credit for the cooperation Fifa demonstrated throughout this investigation.”

That was widely seen as unnecessarily generous to Blatter, a perception deepened by Garcia’s furious reaction and resignation following Eckert’s summary, which Garcia claimed “contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations”.

Cornel Borbély, a former Swiss public prosecutor and head of economic crime investigations for the canton of Zurich, Garcia’s deputy, was then appointed by Fifa’s congress to chair the investigatory chamber. He sought to make it publicly clear he would not be pushed around or act on Blatter’s orders.

“This is absurd,” he said in response to that suggestion, “and any such claim is not founded in any facts that I could comprehend or cite. I can only emphasise that I am not an employee of Fifa. I run my own law firm and I don’t take any orders at all from Fifa – none whatsoever – I am completely independent of any Fifa officials.”

Borbély’s branch of the ethics committee duly recommended proceedings against Blatter, Platini and the Fifa general secretary Jérôme Valcke, and Eckert’s branch suspended all three – and banned Chung himself for six years for misconduct.

A spokesman for Borbély’s investigatory branch of the ethics committee said that the action against Blatter and Platini is a concrete demonstration of Borbély’s independence.

“We always made very clear that we will open formal proceedings against anybody regardless of their name and function, if there is clear evidence on the table,” he said. “This has been proven by the decisions of this week.”

Blatter is the subject of two criminal proceedings by the Swiss attorney general, relating to a TV rights contract with the Caribbean Football Union allegedly at an undervalue to Fifa, and a 2m Swiss francs payment to Platini in 2011, nine years after the conclusion of the work both men say it related to. Blatter and Platini, who deny wrongdoing, have both appealed the suspensions, which are aimed at enabling an objective investigation to happen without any potential intrusions by those accused.

Meanwhile, the administrators at football’s world governing body – 470 staff are employed – are keen to stress that their work is continuing, despite the deluge of corruption scandals which has burst in the executive echelons above their heads. Delia Fischer, Fifa’s head of media, pointed to the summer’s successful Women’s World Cup in Canada and Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, the forthcoming Under-17 World Cup in Chile, preparations for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and Fifa’s football development programmes as evidence that those working at the organisation are trying to focus on business as usual.

“For sure these are challenging times,” Fischer said, “but the organisation is functioning, and the Fifa administration is well-equipped to manage the business of world football. A crisis also brings an opportunity and we are cooperating with the transition to strengthen the governance mechanisms.”

Valcke’s deputy, Markus Kattner, the former head of finance, has become acting secretary-general in Valcke’s absence, and Fifa’s legal counsel, Marco Villiger, is handling the response to the US and Swiss criminal investigations and an internal review, being conducted by the US law firm Quinn Emanuel. The calls for an independent reform process are, however, growing stronger.


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The former Fifa executive committee member Worawi Makudi has been suspended for 90 days pending a full investigation, the Ethics Committee of football’s governing body said on Monday.

“The decision was taken … on the grounds that a breach of the Code of Ethics appears to have been committed and a decision on the main issue may not be taken early enough,” read a statement. “The case is now the subject of formal investigation proceedings.”

Details of the allegations were not provided in Monday’s statement but Worawi has been under investigation for his conduct during the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests.

Worawi was a Fifa executive committee member for 18 years until May. In July, Worawi was found guilty of forgery in his 2013 re-election to lead the Thai federation. A Bangkok criminal court sentenced Worawi to a suspended jail term of one year and four months.


How many more need to be banned before they decide the vote is void?


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Pressure is building on the Uefa president, Michel Platini, suspended last week for 90 days by Fifa’s ethics committee, before a crisis meeting of all 54 members of the European confederation on Thursday.

Several Uefa members, including the Football Association, are understood to be on the verge of withdrawing their support for Platini if his lawyers cannot provide a contract for a contentious £1.35m payment from the Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, in February 2011.

Platini’s predecessor, Lennart Johansson, has claimed that Uefa was never told about the payment at the time.

Meanwhile Fifa’s ethics committee is understood to be confident of completing its investigation into Blatter and Platini within 90 days. It had been speculated that the ethics committee might not be able to complete its work before the provisional suspension expired, thus allowing both to return before an extraordinary Congress on 26 February.

However, the Guardian understands that there is a high level of confidence that the investigations will be finished within the initial 90-day period, without the need for a possible 45-day extension.

The FA chairman, Greg Dyke, is now not expected to travel to Nyon on Thursday because of a previously arranged council meeting. David Gill, the FA director who also sits on the Uefa and Fifa executive committee, will represent the FA instead.

Opinion is believed to be hardening against Platini, who is still listed as president on Uefa’s website but has promised to stand down from official duties while suspended. His lawyers will be under pressure to produce proof that the payment was made under contract and properly accounted for.

The intervention from Johansson, beaten by Blatter to the Fifa presidency in 1998 when the Swiss was aided by Platini, came after the Danish FA chief, Allan Hansen, also threatened to withdraw support if the Frenchman could not produce a contract.

The ethics committee began looking into the case after the Swiss attorney general opened criminal proceedings over a £1.35m “disloyal payment” alleged to be against the interests of Fifa from Blatter to Platini.

Platini has claimed the payment was due as part of an “oral agreement” with Blatter when he acted as an adviser to the Fifa president between January 1999 and June 2002. The Frenchman has said Blatter told him at the time that Fifa did not have enough money to pay him the extra £1.35m on top of the £203,465 he was earning annually as an adviser. Both Blatter and Platini deny any wrongdoing.

The Swede Johansson, who was Uefa president from 1990 to 2007, says that the Fifa executive committee, on which he served, was not told about Platini’s hiring by Blatter. “I was a member of the Fifa executive then and Blatter should have reported it to the executive but he never did. I never heard about this arrangement in Fifa,” said Johansson.

“This is quite a lot of money, not a small amount. I have only learnt through the media that Platini claims that he has a contract with Fifa,” the 85-year-old told the website Inside World Football.

By the time Platini received the payment in 2011 he had replaced Johansson as Uefa president but the Swede continued to attend Uefa executive meetings as honorary president and he says the payment was never disclosed.

“I would have expected this payment to be reported to Uefa. Platini should have mentioned it to the executive. I would have done so. I would have said to the executive, ‘I have a contract with Blatter which you may criticise. But this is the truth, this is the money I received and you should know about it.’”Shortly after the payment was made Platini decided against running against Blatter for the Fifa presidency. Around the same time Fifa agreed to allow Uefa to sell the TV rights to World Cup qualifiers as part of a collective bargaining agreement.


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Michel Platini has been given the unanimous backing of all 54 nations in Uefa as he seeks to justify a payment of £1.35m made to him by Sepp Blatter in 2011 and to succeed the Swiss as Fifa president.

Platini and the Fifa president Blatter were suspended for 90 days last week by the Fifa ethics committee following an investigation into the payment to the former France captain. Both Blatter and Platini deny wrongdoing.

After an emergency meeting in Nyon, European football’s governing body issued a statement saying: “We support Mr Platini’s right to a due process and a fair trial and to the opportunity to clear his name.

“We strongly call on all instances involved in the current process – Fifa’s ethics committee, appeals committee and CAS – to work very rapidly to assure there is a final decision on the merits of the case by mid-November 2015.”

The Russian sports ministry says the Uefa executive committee had expressed its “full support” for its suspended president Platini.

The Russian football union president, Vitaly Mutko, who is also Russia’s sports minister and a member of the Fifa executive committee, was attending the meeting at Uefa headquarters.

In the statement, the Russian ministry says during the Uefa executive committee meeting “all members … expressed absolute trust and full support” for Platini.

​The Austrian FA president, Leo Windtner, endorsed the Russian position when he said all 54 nations had agreed to a statement backing Platini for now.

“The meeting was very satisfying because we got a unified position of Uefa. We give to Mr Platini our support​,” he told the Guardian. ​“All nations give our support to Mr Platini to have a fair treatment.”

Pending the outcome of the Fifa investigation, the two officials could be handed longer bans.


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Fifa’s overworked ethics committee has confirmed for the first time that Franz Beckenbauer, the German football great, and Ángel María Villar Llona, the Spanish Fifa vice-president who is presiding over Uefa in the absence of the suspended Michel Platini, are among those under its investigation.

Following a rule change on Tuesday by its executive committee, Fifa’s ethics committee confirmed that investigations into the pair had been concluded and they were now awaiting the verdict of Hans-Joachim Eckert, the German judge who heads the adjudicatory division.

Ten of the 24 executive committee members originally eligible to vote for the contentious and chaotic decisions to take the World Cup to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022 have been suspended or banned by Fifa’s ethics committee.

The roll call released on Wednesday also included a new case against Amos Adamu, the Nigerian who served a three-year ban in 2010 after being caught by a newspaper investigation seeking almost $1m from undercover reporters. Details of the latest case against Adamu were not given.

The statement also confirmed continuing inquiries into Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands and Uruguay’s Eugenio Figueredo, both former Fifa vice‑presidents, and Nicolás Leoz, a former executive committee member from Paraguay. All three were indicted for bribery by the US Department of Justice in May. Ricardo Teixeira, the longtime Brazilian football leader and former Fifa executive committee member, is also under investigation, the ethics committee confirmed.

The investigations into Beckenbauer and Villar Llona had already been reported after both refused to cooperate with Michael Garcia’s inquiry into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Garcia later quit as Fifa’s independent ethics investigator in frustration at the publication by Eckert of what he saw as an incomplete summary of his 430-page report.

Beckenbauer, who captained and coached World Cup-winning West Germany teams, twice refused to meet with Garcia and was barred from travelling to the World Cup in Brazil by a provisional suspension. It was lifted during the tournament when he sent answers to Garcia.

More recently, he has also been under pressure following allegations in Germany that a £6.7m slush fund was created to buy votes to secure the 2006 World Cup. The allegations have been denied by the German FA and its president Wolfgang Niersbach.

Villar Llona, who chairs Fifa’s legal committee and headed Uefa’s crisis meeting in Nyon this week in the wake of the suspension of Platini as president over an alleged £1.35m “disloyal payment” that he accepted from Sepp Blatter in 2011, is also under investigation. At a heated Fifa executive committee meeting in March 2014, he is understood to have been among those who attempted to stop Garcia questioning Fifa officials and have him thrown off the case.

Blatter had previously accepted that “a bundle of votes” had been swapped between Spain and Qatar, in apparent contravention of the rules, but no official action was taken and Eckert made no mention of it in his final summary of Garcia’s report.

It was widely alleged at the time that a bloc of seven votes was traded between Spain and Qatar.

As previously revealed by the Guardian, the ethics committee confirmed that it aimed to judge Blatter and Platini during their 90 day suspensions. Platini still hopes to stand on February 26 for the Fifa presidency, despite the fact his suspension means he will miss the October 26 deadline to submit to an integrity check appearing to deal a killer blow to his hopes.

Blatter is also under criminal investigation by Swiss authorities over the £1.35m payment to Platini in February 2011, nine years after the pair claimed it was due under the Frenchman’s contract that ended in 2002. The head of Fifa’s audit committee, Domenico Scala, has called it a “classic conflict of interest” but both deny wrongdoing.

In a separate case, suspended Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke is accused of “misuse of expenses and other infringements of Fifa’s rules and regulations,” the ethics committee said.

Valcke was suspended on the same day as allegations emerged that he had planned to sell World Cup tickets above face value. He strongly denied the allegations.


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10 of the 24 Eligible voting members suspended so far.

This was a chance to see a World Cup in England taken away by these corrupt muppets.

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10 of the 24 Eligible voting members suspended so far.

This was a chance to see a World Cup in England taken away by these corrupt muppets.


I don't think even in a fair fight we ever really stood a chance we are not popular in these organisations and haven't been for a long time ever since the days where we used to run them basically to suit us and not everyone.


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Lolz JSP sometimes you are brutally honest ..

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10 of the 24 Eligible voting members suspended so far.

This was a chance to see a World Cup in England taken away by these corrupt muppets.


I don't think even in a fair fight we ever really stood a chance we are not popular in these organisations and haven't been for a long time ever since the days where we used to run them basically to suit us and not everyone.


I think we should have had every chance. It's been 50 years since we hosted it. We already have the infrastructure in place in terms of grounds, transport network and accommodation.

We could be asked to host it tomorrow and pull it off.

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Now thats a bit over-confidence .. :D

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I think we should have had every chance. It's been 50 years since we hosted it. We already have the infrastructure in place in terms of grounds, transport network and accommodation.

We could be asked to host it tomorrow and pull it off.


If that actually meant something we wouldn't be having a World Cup in a country with a population of 3 million, in the desert, in the winter. My only gripe now is why they even bothered to try and play the game in the first place knowing they didn't really stand a chance they spent £10m bidding on something that it because very clear they couldn't win almost from day one. We couldn't even get European votes to go our way that shows how f*cked we were from day one they all back Russia. Apparently us going back on a deal with Germany to not run in 2006 after they backed us for Euro 96 didn't go down to well and lost us a lot of goodwill in UEFA.

I believe the bid submissions for 2018 ranked Englands bid number 1 it required little capital investment and was considered very low risk but all the voters went for the higher risk option in Russia because lets face it they all got something in return at a level above what we were offering. In a fair fight we had every chance but this wasn't a fair fight we turned up to a gun fight with a spoon and not even Steven Seagal is getting himself out of that situation.

Yeah but how does having it in England make football bigger worldwide? That is the FIFA brief or at least what they claim the brief to be turns out the brief was skim as much off the top of any deal as you can without getting caught. FIFA have made it very clear they want to take the world cup all over the world I can say hand on heart that the World Cup will be in USA again before it is in England. I'm 29 and I'm not convinced I'll see it in England in my lifetime which is a real shame considering our history and status in the game.

Until they change the way these tournaments are awarded in to a much more open transparent system there's no point in even trying to win them as it's just throwing money down the drain.

The people that make these decisions just aren't accountable how many of them if they get banned by FIFA will face criminal/civil charges in their home countries or what they did?


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Fifa’s ethics committee has opened formal proceedings against the suspended Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, who are facing bans of at least six years from football over an alleged “disloyal payment”.

The investigatory arm of the ethics committee revealed over the weekend that it had completed its work and recommended sanctions against the Fifa president and his Uefa counterpart. On Monday the German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert confirmed he had opened formal proceedings after studying the reports.

“The adjudicatory chamber has studied the reports carefully and decided to institute formal proceedings against the two officials,” said the Fifa ethics committee in a statement.

It added: “For reasons linked to privacy rights and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the adjudicatory chamber will not publish details of the sanctions requested by the investigatory chamber in its final reports.

“In the course of the proceedings, both parties will be invited to submit positions including any evidence with regard to the final reports of the investigatory chamber and they may request a hearing.”

Both parties are likely to request a personal hearing, which will take place in December. They deny wrongdoing.

It is believed that the investigatory arm of the ethics committee has recommended bans of more than six years for Blatter and Platini, with the former accused of having made a “disloyal” payment of £1.35m to the latter in 2011.

The payment dated back to the period between 1998 and 2002 when Platini was a special adviser to Blatter. He was paid £203,465 a year but both men argued that they had a gentleman’s agreement that Platini would get the extra cash at a later date.

Platini has claimed that Blatter told him Fifa could not afford to pay him at the time, despite it making a profit of £78m over that four-year cycle, and did not want to break its wage structure.

In an interview due to be broadcast on Swiss channel RTS, Blatter again defended their conduct.

Despite the rift between Blatter and Platini, the Swiss’s one-time protege with whom he fell out bitterly, the 79-year-old said he still believed the French Uefa president could succeed him.

“Platini is an honest man,” Blatter said. “If he comes back, he will be elected. And then [if] he comes back, I will return too.”

The suspended Fifa president also said that he was close to death during a recent health scare when he collapsed while visiting his parent’s grave with his family.

In his first television interview since leaving the hospital on 12 November, he told RTS he was “between the angels singing and the devil’s fire”.

“But it was the angels which sang,” Blatter said, adding “happily I never lost consciousness” during the 48 hours when he was most ill.


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Never thought I'd see FIFA cleaned up, but it seems to be happening. Just need to keep going and arrest and ban everyone involved who was corrupt which had to be pretty much everyone (without strong evidence to the contrary).

A six year ban from football is a start, should've been life bans, but what about criminal prosecutions?

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Uefa president Michel Platini has failed in his bid to have his 90-day provisional ban from football lifted.

Platini's request was denied by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday, which means the Frenchman will not be allowed to attend the Euro 2016 finals draw in Paris on Saturday.

The 60-year-old was suspended along with Fifa president Sepp Blatter in October while corruption claims are investigated.

Both deny any wrongdoing.

Platini and Blatter will have personal hearings with Fifa's ethics committee next week, following allegations that a £1.35m payment was made in 2011 for work Platini did as Blatter's adviser.

A verdict is expected on Monday, 21 December.

Ethics investigators for football's world governing body, who handed down the initial 90-day suspension, have recommended a life ban for Platini.

Blatter has announced he will stand down from his post, and Fifa's next president will be chosen at a special congress on 26 February 2016.

Platini is one of the favourites to replace him and still plans to stand.

Analysis - Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent in Paris

"Platini is trying to provide evidence to show he is an innocent party, but what the court were asked to do in this case was not look at the facts but to look at whether it was fair to exclude him from the presidential election process.

"Platini wants to succeed Sepp Blatter in February but at the moment he's banned completely from all footballing activity, so he can't be a candidate in the Fifa election.

"He went to the court in order to get the ban lifted but they said it is fair if the case is decided in the next few weeks.

"The Euro 2016 draw is on Saturday and Platini was ready and waiting to go to the draw - a symbol that he was back in business.

"All that has now been put on hold and we await the decision from Fifa's ethics committee, which is due on Monday, 21 December."


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Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini are likely to escape lifetime bans for corruption but investigators expect the pair to receive lengthy suspensions of at least seven years when their hearings take place this week, according to insiders.

Blatter and Platini will have disciplinary hearings before the Fifa ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert in Zurich on Thursday and Friday, over a £1.3m payment made to Platini by Fifa in 2011 and signed off by Blatter.

The outgoing Fifa president, Blatter, and the Uefa president, Platini, face charges including corruption, conflict of interest and non-cooperation. Sources with knowledge of the case say it will be difficult to prove corruption, which carries a lifetime ban, but believe there is clear evidence of a conflict of interest in the payment being made.

That should carry a ban of at least seven years, but it is likely any suspension for wrongdoing will effectively end their careers in football administration.

Blatter’s case will be heard on Thursday with Platini’s following on Friday. A decision is expected to be announced by Monday next week.

The 2m Swiss franc payment was made to Platini in February 2011. The Frenchman and Blatter say the payment was honouring an agreement made in 1998 for work carried out between 1998 and 2002 when Platini worked as a technical advisor for the F president. However the payment was not part of Platini’s written contract – they have insisted that it was an oral agreement which is legal under Swiss law.

The timing of the payment has raised eyebrows. It took place nine years after Platini had stopped working for Fifa, and was made while Blatter was seeking support for a fourth term as president. Several weeks after the payment was made Platini and Uefa’s executive committee endorsed his candidacy.

Both Platini and Blatter have denied any wrongdoing. Platini has said he had not been paid the full amount agreed in 1998 because of Fifa’s financial situation at the time.

South Korea’s former Fifa vice-president Chung Mong-Joon was banned for six years in October for conflict of interest and non-cooperation – the latter offence can simply be having publicly criticised the Fifa ethics committee. Chung’s case would appear however to be less serious than that facing Blatter and Platini. They are likely to challenge any ban and take the case all the way to the court of arbitration for sport.

Fifa has appointed the Harvard professor John Ruggie to provide recommendations on a new human rights policy that will cover future World Cup hosts. The appointment follows several reports criticising worker rights in 2022 hosts Qatar and Ruggie will make his proposals in March.


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Suspended Fifa vice-president Michel Platini will boycott an ethics committee hearing into allegations of corruption on Friday.

Lawyers for the Frenchman, who is also president of Uefa, believe the "verdict is already announced".

He is accused of receiving a £1.35m "disloyal payment" from Fifa president Sepp Blatter - who is also banned and facing ethics charges over the claim.

Both deny wrongdoing and were due to have personal hearings on Friday.

Blatter, 79, has compared the investigation against him to "the Inquisition", while 60-year-old Platini's attempt to lift his 90-day provisional ban from football denied by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 11 December.

A verdict could come as early as 21 December, although both men could then submit further appeals.

Platini still hopes to be a candidate to replace the outgoing Blatter in the world football governing body's presidential election on 26 February - but can only stand if he is cleared.

However, he has expressed his "deepest outrage" at what he considers an attempt to prevent his candidacy.

In a statement issued on behalf of Fifa's ethics judges on Wednesday, Platini was told his case will be dealt with "independently and in an unbiased manner".

Platini's lawyer Thibaud d'Ales has previously said he believes Fifa's ethics investigators have recommended an "excessive" lifetime ban.


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