GENEVA. — FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA leader Michel Platini are under investigation by FIFA’s independent ethics committee and could face suspension, media reported yesterday. Switzerland’s Schweiz am Sonntag weekly said it had information indicating that the two most powerful men in football were in the sights of the ethics committee and could soon be suspended.
Committee spokesman Andreas Bantel told the paper he could not comment on individual cases, but hinted at committee activity. “If there is an initial suspicion, the investigatory chamber initiates a formal procedure,” he said, insisting the rules apply to everyone in football “regardless of position or name”. British media also said the FIFA ethics committee had opened an inquiry into the 79-year-old Blatter and Platini, his 60-year-old former ally.
The massive corruption scandal that has engulfed world football since May made its way to the top of football’s governing body on Friday when Swiss authorities said Blatter was under criminal investigation. — AFP.