FIFA President Sepp Blatter Suspended

FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Sepp Blatter has been president of FIFA since 1998.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been suspended on a provisional basis by FIFA’s ethics committee.

Blatter’s provisional suspension comes after the criminal investigation against him in Switzerland over the being accused of signing a contract considered “unfavorable” to FIFA and making a “disloyal payment” of £1.3m payment to UEFA President Michel Platini.

The suspension, which is a 90-day provisional suspension, has to be confirmed by Hans Joachim Eckhert, the chairman of the Ethics Committee’s adjudicatory chamber.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Blatter’s adviser Klauss Stohlker said Blatter remained calm when the news of his provisional suspension was communicated to him.

Stohlker used the interview with BBC Sport to stress on the fact that Blatter’s suspension “is provisional for 90 days” and that the provisional suspension didn’t mean Blatter was actually suspended.

“The committee has not yet made a decision and their meetings continue,” he added.

The news of Blatter’s suspension comes just hours after his interview with a German magazine where he criticized the criminal investigation against him in Switzerland.

In the interview, the 79-year-old head of the football organizing body defended his decision to remain as president of FIFA and described the criminal investigation as “outrageous”.

He said he has been “condemned without there being any evidence for wrongdoing”.

For the record, the criminal proceedings against Blatter were announced by the Swiss Attorney General’s office on September 25, 2015 in relation to the payment made to Platini. Blatter and Platini have so far denied any impropriety with regards to the payments.