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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Blatter 10 years or lifetime ban


The FIFA ethics investigators demand a lifetime ban for Sepp Blatter if it was bribery, 10 years ban if "only" conflict of interest. 


From LausanneSwitzerland comes news that the judgement arm of FIFA's ethics committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, began a case against their suspended president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini on Monday. A verdict over the corruption allegations is due in December.
The panel of judges is known as the adjudicatory chamber and they received the final report from the ethics committee's investigative branch on Saturday. That report called for sanctions to be levied against both men. Can the public have faith in a corrupt organisation conducting an investigation into itself and judging itself? They do call themselves independent, but if they are part of the organisation then that is nonsense. Where were this committee when we have had years and years of corruption. Any in-house court isn't independent and has a conflict of interest.
It seems to me that Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini are not fit to hold any sort of office, a view I have had since he tried to basically stop tackling in the game so now feigning of injury and falling over are rife. Seb Coe, now running athletics despite failing to see any doping, doesn't seem much better sadly. Like all politicians, they are only interested in themselves or their party, not what is actually best for their sport or this country. Both Blatter and Platini have been implicated in possible criminal conduct in a separate case launched by Swiss prosecutors.
The adjudicatory chamber has released a statement to confirm it had opened proceedings, but didn't disclose the information it had been given.
"We have 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."
FIFA's ethics committee provisionally suspended both men for 90 days in October.
Multi-year suspensions?
Multiple sources close to the case say that Blatter and Platini could face suspensions from football of between five and seven years if found guilty. There are suggestions that the recommendation if for demand a lifetime ban f it was bribery, 10 years ban if "only" conflict of interest. The provisional 90-day suspensions both have expire on 5th January.
Platini was questioned by Swiss prosecutors over a suspect $2-million (1.9-million euro) payment he received from FIFA in 2011, reportedly for work done a decade earlier, but thought to be a bribe by Blatter not to stand for the FIFA presidency. For Blatter, a guilty verdict would speed up his departure date from FIFA. That day can't come soon enough.
Unbelievably Platini remains a candidate in the FIFA presidential vote, but has been barred from campaigning during his suspension. 
Football could do with some fresh blood running the game, how about Gary Lineker or David Ginola.
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