Blatter Appeals Suspension From Top Job at Soccer Governing Body

  • FIFA chief got provisional 90-day ban yesterday from FIFA
  • Blatter already subject of Swiss criminal proceedings

Sepp Blatter.

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FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter -- suspended for 90 days yesterday -- is appealing the ban, his media adviser said.

Blatter and two men seeking to replace him were suspended yesterday by the organization’s ethics panel. The 79-year-old Swiss citizen has appealed the decision by the committee, his adviser Klaus Stoehlker said.

Blatter and European soccer chief Michel Platini, the favorite to win a February election to lead the association, were both provisionally suspended for 90 days. Former FIFA Vice President Chung Mong-Joon, who was considering a run, was banned for six years and fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($103,000). FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, already on leave, was also suspended for 90 days.

Blatter faces a criminal investigation by Swiss prosecutors for a payment to Platini and for the sale of broadcast rights to the World Cup at below market value prices.

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