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Blatter ‘provisionally suspended’ by Fifa, claims adviser

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Zurich — Sepp Blatter was on Wednesday provisionally suspended as Fifa president for 90 days by the organisation’s ethics committee, according to his adviser, with the decision to be ratified as soon as tomorrow.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter addresses a news conference at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, June 2, 2015.    REUTERS/Ruben Sprich
FIFA President Sepp Blatter addresses a news conference at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, June 2, 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

The 79-year-old is being investigated by Swiss authorities over payments made to Uefa chief Michel Platini and allegations that broadcasting rights to World Cup 2010 were sold for a fraction of their market value to the Caribbean Football Union (CFU).

Criminal proceedings being brought against Blatter triggered an ethics committee this week and the decision was made to sideline the president until January, leaving him with just over a month left in the role before February’s elections.

Blatter will continue to attend work for Fifa ahead of the ethics committee’s recommendation being actioned, his public relations adviser Klaus Stohlker has claimed, and he hinted the decision to suspend him could yet be overturned.

“The news was communicated to the president this afternoon(yesterday),” Stohlker told BBC Sport.

“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.” — Goal.com

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