FIFA court opens case against Blat­ter, Pla­tini

De­ci­sion in De­cem­ber

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

LAU­SANNE: The judge­ment arm of FIFA’s ethics com­mit­tee yes­ter­day opened a case against the body’s sus­pended pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter and Michel Pla­tini, with a ver­dict in the cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions sur­round­ing both men due next month.

The panel of judges, known as the ad­ju­di­ca­tory cham­ber, re­ceived the fi­nal re­port from the ethics com­mit­tee’s in­ves­tiga­tive branch on Satur­day, which called for sanc­tions to be lev­elled against both men. A guilty ver­dict would al­most cer­tainly crush UEFA pres­i­dent Pla­tini’s hopes of suc­ceed­ing Blat­ter at the top of world foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body. The in­ves­tiga­tive branch did not dis­close the sever­ity of the rec­om­mended sanc­tions, or the ev­i­dence col­lected, but both Blat­ter and Pla­tini have been im­pli­cated in pos­si­ble crim­i­nal con­duct in a sep­a­rate case launched by Swiss pros­e­cu­tors.

In a state­ment, the ad­ju­di­ca­tory cham­ber said it had “opened for­mal ad­ju­di­ca­tory pro­ceed­ings against Joseph S. Blat­ter and Michel Pla­tini based on the fi­nal re­ports sub­mit­ted by the in­ves­ti­ga­tory cham­ber.” The cham­ber “in­tends to come to a de­ci­sion in both cases dur­ing the month of De­cem­ber”, the state­ment fur­ther said.

FIFA’s ethics com­mit­tee pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended both men-once the two most pow­er­ful fig­ures in world foot­ball­for 90 days in Oc­to­ber. Blat­ter, Pla­tini and their rep­re­sen­ta­tives can ap­pear be­fore the FIFA-ap­pointed judges to mount a de­fence, while in­ves­ti­ga­tors can also make a pre­sen­ta­tion in the process that func­tions like an in-house court. — AFP

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