Geneva - The FIFA ethics committee probing allegations of corruption against
suspended president Sepp Blatter and his would-be successor, Michel
Platini, requested on Saturday that sanctions be levelled against both men.
Citing privacy and the presumption of innocence, the committee
said it would not disclose the nature of the punishments requested
against the two men, who for years were the most powerful figures in
However, the announcement sparked an angry response from Platini's lawyer, who said that FIFA had "lost all credibility".
committee, known as the investigatory chamber of FIFA's independent
ethics watchdog, said it had submitted its final report to the body's
judgement arm, which will weigh up the recommendations.
fallout from the report could prove massive for the future of world
football's governing body, including the possibility of permanently
derailing Platini's candidacy to lead FIFA.
investigatory chamber said in a statement that its final report
contained "requests for sanctions against Joseph Blatter and Michel
A separate statement from the adjudicatory chamber
confirmed that it had received the reports and will study the findings
The judgement chamber said it would "decide in due
course about whether to institute formal adjudicatory proceedings
against Joseph S. Blatter and Michel Platini."
body has in the past recommended suspensions of several years, or even
life, but there was no indication as to the severity of the punishments
requested against Blatter and Platini.
"It is a troubling coincidence!" Thibaud d'Ales, representing Platini, told AFP on Saturday.
day after our appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against
Michel Platini's provisional suspension, the internal FIFA investigation
is suddenly finished for Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter, even though
the latter has been accused of more things.
"It's farcical. It
would be laughable if we were not talking about the future of the
biggest non-governmental institution in the world.
"FIFA has lost all credibility. A decision taken by judges who don't respect their own rules has no value."
Both Blatter and Platini were provisionally suspended by the ethics committee in October for 90 days.
moves came after Swiss prosecutors opened an investigation into
possible criminal mismanagement at FIFA during Blatter's tenure,
including evidence of a murky $2 million payment made to Platini in
2011, reportedly for work he did a decade earlier.
Aside from the
Swiss probe, the United States justice department has charged 14
ex-FIFA officials and sports marketing executives with more than $150
million of bribery and corruption dating back decades.
Those indictments, unsealed in May, uncorked the scandal that has shaken world football and grown seemingly wider each week.
by both Blatter and Platini against their 90-day suspensions were
rejected this week, and Platini has taken his case to the Court of
Arbitration for Sport, with a decision expected by the end of the month.
the suspension which lasts until January 5 is crucial to the French
football legend, because the provisional ban has thrown the brakes on
his campaign to replace Blatter.
Platini, the head of European
football until his suspension, had been the favourite to win FIFA's
presidential vote scheduled for February 26, until he became engulfed in
the raging FIFA scandal.
While suspended, Platini cannot lobby
regional confederations to support his candidacy, while the five other
men vying for the job - who have already passed FIFA's integrity tests - are free to campaign.
The 60-year-old ex-Juventus star has
denied all wrongdoing and has insisted that he can still lead world
football out of an era that has seen its reputation stained at the
highest levels of the game.
Blatter has also remained defiant
throughout, insisting that he has done nothing wrong and that all
financial impropriety that took place under his watch was the fault of
After winning election to a fifth term as FIFA's
president, Blatter announced that he would go when his successor is
chosen at a special congress called for February.
Despite the suspension, Blatter's camp has insisted that he will return to the presidency before the vote.