Soccer Odds News: Suspended! FIFA Bans its own President, Sepp Blatter
It’s now been some months since the Swiss and American legal systems opened up major investigations into FIFA’s leadership to the shock of Soccer odds
fans, hauling several members of the highest echelons of leadership in soccer off for arrest and investigation. Blatter himself resigned the next day, although he has remained in office pending the official day when he will leave.
However, these 90-day suspensions will not end before the FIFA ethics committee has its time before ethics judge Hans-Joachin Eckert. Both Blatter, the president of FIFA, and Platini, the president of UEFA, could end up with longer bans once the ethics committee completes its investigation. Unsurprisingly, both Blatter and Platini have denied doing anything wrong and have said they will appeal their suspensions.
How did they all get to this point? Blatter and Platini caught dragged into a Swiss criminal investigation into that same payment. Platini is receiving investigation as someone more involved than a witness but not quite to the full extent of a major suspect.
The ethics committee interviewed Platini for over five hours on October 1, and the chair indicated that the panel had enough of an idea about what happened to deal with him. UEFA has refused to give the AP a contract that shows that the Swiss owed him money – 2 million Swiss francs over four years. Some of the national soccer organizations for various countries have called this debt into question.
Platini had been seen as a favorite in the race to succeed Blatter as FIFA president, but now this ban appears to end his hopes of ending up in the president’s chair himself. The election is set now for February 26, but the FIFA executive committee meeting on October 20, and they could push that election back, giving Platini some more time to rehabilitate his reputation. For now, there is a huge vacuum in soccer leadership.