FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been slapped with a provisional 90 day suspension pending a final decision on charges against him.
Blatter is facing charges of making “disloyal payments” to FIFA presidential aspirant and UEFA boss Michel Platini, and also signing a contract which has been regarded as “unfavourable” to football’s governing body.
Blatter and Platini, 60, have both denied any wrongdoings as they await Thursday’s final decision by Hans Joachim Eckhert, head of FIFA’s ethics adjudicatory chamber.
Members of Fifa’s ethics committee had been meeting since the beginning of this week to examine allegations believed to be centered on a 2005 TV rights deal between FIFA and Jack Warner, the former president of CONCACAF, plus a two million Swiss francs (£1.35m) payment that Platini received in 2011 for work he did for Blatter.
The 79-year-old Blatter has been at the helm of FIFA since 1998 and was re-elected to a fifth consecutive term on 29 May but, allegations of corruption, compelled him to announced his decision to step down. He is expected to bow out at a FIFA extraordinary congress on February 26, 2016.